A lifesaving defibrillator has been donated to disabled adults from Exmouth by an East Devon business championing a cardiac arrest awareness charity.
Staff at Greendale Farm Shop, on the Sidmouth Road, near Farringdon, presented a defibrillator to Exmouth Gateway Club, a friendship group for adults with learning disabilities, to highlight the work of Jays Aim, a charity raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the young.
The lifesaving equipment will be carried on Exmouth Gateway Club’s minibus, which the group uses to transport its football team to matches, and for group residential trips.
Members of Exmouth Gateway Club, and its volunteers, will be trained by Jay’s Aim to use the lifesaving equipment.
Paul Baldwin, of Exmouth Gateway Club, said: “It’s great that we have received this defib, which is going to be carried on our adapted minibus so it will always be where we are with the charity.
“Special thanks to Greendale for their very generous donation, and to Jay’s AIM, who are going to train our helpers and some of our members to use it, which is a very important skill for them.”
Jay’s Aim was set up in memory of Jay Osborne, who died suddenly, aged 28, while out on a run.
The ethos of Jay’s AIM, Greendale Farm Shop’s partner charity, is to provide emergency and lifesaving equipment, offer CPR and defibrillator training and share knowledge and information about cardiac conditions, plus promote heart screening.
Will Carter, of the Greendale Group, said the defib equipment would travel with the Gateway Club’s football team, Exmouth Tigers, to training and matches.
Mr Carter said: “We were over the moon to bring these worthwhile charities together and fully fund the defibrillator and signs for the exterior of the minibus.
“It will ensure that anyone close to the minibus will know that a defibrillator is available, should it ever be needed in an emergency.”
Dan Osbourne, trustee of Jay’s Aim, said: “We were delighted to be put in touch with Paul from Exmouth Gateway to find out more about the type of activities that they provide for their local community.
“After finding out about the Exmouth Tiger football teams that they organise, as well as the residential trips that they use their minibus to travel to and from, we were in no doubt about their need for a defibrillator.
“We would like to thank Greendale for their continued support and for helping us to get more publicly accessible defibrillators out in the South West.”