Throwleigh Parish

Wonson Defibrillator Appeal

We already have a defibrillator installed in the telephone box in Throwleigh village centre. However since time is of the essence in the case of cardiac arrest, the longer help is delayed the lower the chances of survival. Therefore the telephone box in Wonson is ideally situated to cover the surrounding community as well as the village hall and the Northmoor Arms pub.

Sudden Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart where the heart stops pumping blood due to an abnormal rhythm known as arrhythmia. As an individual loses pulse, consciousness and the ability to breath, they are on the verge of death and can only be brought back to life in a very small window of time using a defibrillator.

A defibrillator delivers an electric current through the chest which to shock the heart back into its normal rhythm following a cardiac arrest. A rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage can occur.

A portable defibrillator uses intelligent technology to guide the user through the procedure using a sequence of voice commands and screen messages to guide the user through the process. This means the machine can be used safely by people with no medical background or training.

In all case whether the defibrillator is used or not the ambulance service should be called out.

We are applying for a lottery grant and a contribution from West Devon Council. However, even if successful these would only cover the initial purchase and installation of the defibrillator so will have to fund the future maintenance and replacement parts ourselves.

If you would like to contribute you can do so via the Community Heartbeat website,

All monies will be used exclusively for the Wonson Defibrillator.

Many thanks

Throwleigh Parish Council