IMPORTANT - FUNDRAISING REQUEST
parkrun has always been free, and always will be. You will never be asked to pay to take part in parkrun.
There is already a mechanism in place that allows you to donate, and we are very grateful for all the donations that we have received since our launch in September 2010. These have helped us buy equipment to supplement our essential kit, to host volunteer awareness events for example.
But we have never really promoted this, or actively sought donations, for the simple reason that we had pretty much everything we need.
However, we are now going to ask for your help. We would like to supplement what we already have in our donations pot, and purchase a defibrillator for Braunstone parkrun. Therefore we are looking to raise a further £800. This will enable us to purchase an easy to use AED, but also leave sufficient to factor in the need for replacement batteries and pads in future.
Whilst we do have access to an AED at the Leisure Centre, but this is at least a 10 minute return trip away, and literally every minute makes a massive difference. There is a reduction in the chance of survival by 7-10% for every minute's delay in administering defibrillation for a cardiac arrest.
In the past couple of years we have seen incidents at parkruns in Nottingham and Market Harborough, at local races, and also with one of our very own runners at the London Marathon.
The combination of CPR and an AED hugely improves the chances of survival. But often people have a real fear about whether they would be able to do what was required. Whilst Julie is a medical professional, I'm an IT Manager with very limited first aid background. But I am confident that I would be able to administer CPR and use an AED if needed.
I have had basic training in these, and now appreciate there is no need to be afraid. CPR is straightforward, and most of the recent AEDs literally talk to you to tell you exactly what you need to do.
So we are also talking to a local organisation that are willing to come along and offer any of our runners training, which is likely to take place immediately after parkrun on a number of Saturdays. The exact dates are still to be agreed, but we are probably looking at later in the summer.
Purchasing an AED has been discussed on occasions in the past. But we are sure that the advancements in technology of the defibs, and the ability to supplement with training means that this is now a no-brainer.
So how do I donate?
There is a link to donate via PayPal here:
Please make sure that you add a comment to say this for an AED for Braunstone when you donate. Normally 85% of the donation goes to the event, and 15% goes to support the setup of new events. By adding this comment, all of your donation goes towards the AED.
Thanks for the support that we know we will receive, both in terms of donations and attendance at the training sessions.
Mark & Julie