We love Winchester parkrun, and enjoy being part of a great community that has been going and growing for nearly 5 years. We are really fortunate that we have never had any major incidents.
We are conscious that, as we have more and more participants, the risk of one of our participants experiencing cardiac arrest increases. Should this happen, the chances of a positive outcome for the sufferer can be dramatically increased if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available and deployed quickly.
In fact, they have already saved the lives of participants at parkrun events as far afield as Australia and Leeds.
Brett Orpwood. Brett went into cardiac arrest while doing the Mullum Mullum parkrun and was saved by a fellow runners and a defibrillator. Picture: James Ross.
AEDs, also known as PADs, Defibrillators or “Defibs”, are portable electronic devices that in the event of a cardiac arrest, use an electric shock to re-establish an effective heart rhythm. Quite simply, an AED can be the difference between life and death.
Although the Leisure Centre has an AED, the time to get there, find the right person, find the AED, and get back would be far too long.
So, the core team at Winchester parkrun want to purchase our own AED and we need your help to do this.
What do we need?
We have been looking into different options. We want to get this model which is simple to use. It guides the rescuer through CPR and will only deliver an electrical charge if it (not the rescuer) detects that one is needed. Initially we would house it in the pavilion.
Although the AED is designed to be used without any training, we are also looking into a training session for the Run Directors to familiarise them with the equipment and increase their confidence in it's use.
We are looking at a total of around £1000. I'll post again when I have the exact amount.
Donations are easy!
This is where you, our fantastic Winchester parkrun community, come in. We have started an appeal to help raise the funds.
We are grateful for any donation that you can give, no matter how big or small, as they will all help us reach our target.
You can donate through the "About Us" page on the Winchester parkrun website. Click on the "donate to parkrun" button in the middle of the screen. On the screen after you enter your PayPal or card details add a "Special instruction to the seller" saying "For Winchester parkrun AED".
Finally, if you know of any companies or organisations that may be willing to make a donation then please let us know.
We really appreciate your support and it will benefit the whole of the Winchester parkrun community.
The core volunteer team.