• The Government has launched the application process for Community Automated External Defibrillators (AED) fund.
• Backed by £1 million of Government funding, the defibrillator grant will provide at least 1000 new defibrillators.
• Defibrillators provide vital, life-saving treatment and if used within 3-5 minutes can potentially increase the chance of survival by over 40%.
Greg Hands welcomes the announcement that the Government has launched the application process for the Community Automated External Defibrillators (AED) fund. Community organisations can now apply for a grant to fund a life-saving defibrillator for their local area. Applications for funding can be made here.
Backed by £1 million of government funding, the defibrillator grant will provide at least 1,000 new defibrillators for community spaces across England. Each new defibrillator will be externally mounted to enable 24 hour access by members of the public.
Defibrillators provide vital treatment, with latest research showing that use of these devices within three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest increases the chance of survival by over 40%.
To receive funding, community organisations will be asked to demonstrate that defibrillators will be placed in areas where they are most needed, such as rural areas, places with high footfall or spaces for vulnerable people. Examples include town halls, community centres, local shops, post offices and local parks, as these spaces ensure that defibrillators are evenly spread throughout communities and easily accessible if someone is experiencing an unexpected cardiac arrest.
The funding is part of our drive to equip the health system with the right technology to help save lives.
Applications for funding will be submitted to Smarter Society and the London Hearts Charity, who have been jointly chosen to manage the grant funding as they will bring industry knowledge of defibrillators and an understanding of where they should be installed. They have designed engagement and application processes to appeal to a wide and diverse audience.
Commenting, Greg Hands said:
“Defibrillators provide vital, life-saving treatment to those suffering a cardiac arrest. This grant will ensure that at least 1000 of these devices are accessible in community areas around England.
With applications now open, I would urge local organisations from across Chelsea and Fulham to apply for funding. Having this life-saving technology in our local community where they are most needed, will help save lives.”