We’re so proud to officially become a Lancashire Lifesaver by unveiling a defibrillator and public access cabinet at our Wilpshire base.
The whole idea behind Lancashire Lifesavers – a joint campaign with BBC Radio Lancashire, the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Lancashire County Council – is to train 2,500 people across the county to perform CPR.
The campaign asked the public to nominate suitable locations for defibrillators to be installed and now, thanks to a nomination from our Sally Francis at CANW, the lifesaving equipment has now been installed.
Sally, our Senior HR Officer, applied on behalf of CANW stating why she felt our charity deserved to be considered as a location for a defibrillator.
She said: “We’ve been based in Wilpshire ever since James Dixon first opened our building as Blackburn Orphanage in 1891. As such a focal point in the local community, we felt we would offer the perfect place for one of these lifesaving defibrillators.
“Having our nomination accepted was a real achievement for everyone connected to CANW and all our first aiders have received training within their ‘First Aid at Work’ qualification.”
You can find our defibrillator at CANW head office on Whalley Road in Wilpshire – it’s on the outside wall at the front of the building, making it easily accessible by staff and local residents alike.
Chris Hyde, Community Resuscitation Manager at NWAS, said: “We really hope that these defibrillators will make a real difference should someone suffer from a cardiac arrest.
“We have a simple message here at NWAS. The chance of survival is reduced by 10% for every minute without CPR and defibrillation, so the more people who have CPR training and access to defibrillators the better.”