An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in the grounds of Delapré Abbey through funds raised by Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust (DAPT), Far Cotton and Delapre Community Council, Cllr Emma Roberts, and West Northamptonshire Council.
The life-saving device, which increases the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest, has been installed next to the Walled Garden and can be accessed by park users and the general public 24 hours a day.
Cllr Daniel Soan, Chair of Far Cotton and Delapre Community Council said “We decided earlier this year to work with partners to try to increase the number of defibrillators available locally. Delapré Abbey was an obvious location. Plans were already in place, however further funding was needed to complete the project. Cllr Emma Roberts was able to contribute £250 of the £500 needed from her ward councillors fund, and the community council were able to meet the shortfall to purchase the cabinet and provide a bleed kit to be installed in the cabinet.”
Cllr Emma Roberts, Labour councillor for Delapre and Rushmere said “I am very passionate about defib provision as I know first-hand how crucial they are. My niece was saved by one. Having worked earlier in the year on another installation locally, when I saw that Far Cotton and Delapre Community Council were looking to work with partners I contacted them to see if we could work together.
“My councillor community fund had £250 left and I was keen to support the installation at the Abbey. It was a great way for us all to work together. Covid has seen such increased use of public open spaces and having access to this equipment in those areas is crucial. I reached out to the parks team for support with installation and received great support.”
Richard Clinton, Chief Executive, Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust said “We are thankful to all of the partners who have helped enable the provision of a defibrillator within the Abbey grounds, including the wonderful Parks Team at West Northamptonshire Council who covered the cost of the electrical work. This vital piece of kit will enable all of visitors to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Abbey and grounds”.
Cllr John Bright, Vice Chair of Far Cotton and Delapre Community Council added “Early next year the Community Council will be offering local residents free first aid and defibrillator training. We are also continuing to look at other locations where a defibrillator can be installed.”