Leamington’s community of lifesavers thanked by mayor

The Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa unveiled a plaque and dedicated the defibrillator
The Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa unveiled a plaque and dedicated the defibrillator

Community-minded residents at a Leamington home have joined together to become lifesaving super heroes.

People living at Queensway Court, an Orbit independent living with care scheme, are to become a community of lifesavers after the home was fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD) and awarded a CPR training kit by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Friends of Queensway, a group of residents at Queensway Court raised £1,400 to part-fund the lifesaving machine and fully fund a heated cabinet in which it is stored.

They also received a Call Push Rescue training kit following their successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package from the charity.

The Community Package contains an innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.

People living at Queensway Court plan to run training sessions for the local community, meaning anyone who is interested can take part and become potential lifesavers.

The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest.

This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once.

Frank Lording on behalf of Friends of Queensway, said: “We are delighted to have raised enough money to help fund this lifesaving package.

“The defibrillator will be kept in our entrance area, meaning that its central location will give locals the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest nearby.

“We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too.

“We’re now working to raise money for further defibrillators to be placed around our community.”

Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the BHF, said: “In the UK more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive.

“More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR.

We are delighted that Friends of Queensway have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign - by making another defibrillator available in Queensway Court and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death.”

To date the BHF has helped place over 14,000 lifesaving defibrillators in communities around the UK.

The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package.

To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit www.bhf.org.uk.

The Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa, Councillor Ann Morrison, dedicated the AED and unveiled a wall Mounted Plaque commemorating the work done by the residents.

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For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent.

It’s therefore imperative the people of Queensway Court know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive.

The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.

The charity believes defibrillators should be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school.

Since launching the campaign in 2014, over 1.5 million people have joined the Nation of Lifesavers by learning lifesaving CPR.

For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit