Ynys Môn MP grateful for Defibrillator Campaign community support

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has thanked islanders for supporting her campaign for more defibrillators on Anglesey and information about where they are located.

A survey by Virginia found local people would like to have more of the life-saving equipment in their communities but provision is patchy. There is no central map that shows where they are either.

Virginia also asked for local people to undertake a short training course on the use of defibrillators.

Since the launch of the campaign last month, 26 people contacted Virginia volunteering for training on defibrillator use, 45 people contacted her about where defibrillators are located on the island and five places – Llannerch-y-medd, Llangefni, Llanfairynghornwy, Cemaes Bay and Benllech have been in contact asking if they could have the equipment in their area.

“I am really pleased at the response to this campaign and my team and I are working through the information and working with the NHS charity Awyr Las run by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to help them accurately map defibrillator locations,” said Virginia.

“But we do need as much information as possible and so I urge people to get in touch if they know where this equipment is in their community.”

Virginia also praised the islanders who stepped forward for the training sessions.

“I never expected so many people to come forward and I thank them for taking the time to learn how to use a defibrillator. I will be going on the course myself. Anyone can use the equipment but having more and more people trained on the island can only be a big plus.

Virginia also made another call for community champions, who see the need for a defibrillator in their area, to come forward so that she can support them with fundraising.

Defibrillators are usually in brightly coloured boxes mounted outside shops, community centres and other buildings.

These pieces of first aid equipment are designed to be used by members of the public to restart someone’s heart if they have gone into cardiac arrest.

If anyone would like to find out more about the defibrillator campaign they can visit Virginia’s website www.Virginiacrosbie.co.uk, email Virginia.crosbie.mp@parliament.uk or call 01407 644 645.

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