It is the vision of parkrun UK that 100% of parkruns will have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) within 5 minutes of the finish line by the end of 2017. Whilst Oak Hill have access to one at the nearby swimming pool, it is far from ideal especially as quick treatment is essential when an AED needs to be deployed. When people use an AED and chest compressions within the first three to five minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest, survival rates are as high as 60%. However when people wait for paramedics to administer the first defibrillator shock, the survival rate is only 5% to 7% because the average response time from the Ambulance service is nine minutes.
Therefore we are seeking to purchase our own AED and are asking our parkrun community to raise the funds.
AEDs are easy to use, compact, portable, automatic and very effective; they are designed to be used by lay persons and training will be provided to core team members and other parkrunners who express an interest.
We now need your help to put this in place. Approximately £1,200 is required to purchase an AED (£850), spare pads and battery (£90), waterproof bag (£80) and training (£20 pp). If everyone could contribute £5-£10 I am sure we could reach our target quickly.
How to donate:
By PayPal - please go to the parkrun website - Oak Hill sub-site; About Us. Here is the link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/oak-hill/aboutus/ You can see donations there - please click on the Donate link in the centre of the page.
Please add the comment “Oak Hill AED Appeal” in the special instructions section when making a donation.
Or by cheque to ‘parkrun UK Ltd’ and send to: 96a Clarendon Road, Leeds LS2 9LB specifying “Oak Hill AED Appeal”.
Under no circumstances must any money - cash, cheques, or anything else - be handed to a parkrun team member.
Thank you so much for your support.
Grahame Davies, Run Director
On behalf of the entire Oak Hill parkrun team