Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has encouraged local community groups to express their interest in a new fund for community defibrillator’s.
The Department for Health and Social Care is inviting interested organisations to register expressions of interest for its £1 million Community Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Fund, aimed at increasing the number of AEDs in public places where they are most needed and help save lives.
As part of the grant award, applicants will be asked to demonstrate that defibrillators will be placed in areas where they are most needed, such as places with high footfall, vulnerable people, rural areas, or due to the nature of activity at the site.
Examples could include town halls, community centres, local shops, post offices and local parks, to ensure that defibrillators are evenly spread throughout communities and easily accessible if someone is experiencing an unexpected cardiac arrest.
An estimated 1,000 new defibrillators are to be provided by the fund, with the potential for this to double as successful applicants will be asked to match the funding they receive partially or fully.
Organisations who submit an expression of interest will be notified once grant applications open to the fund.
Organisations can submit an expression of interest here.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“Defibrillators save lives, and its absolutely essential that we have as many as possible in the local community so that care can be delivered effectively and without delay.
“We have some fantastic community groups right across Denton and Reddish, so I’d really encourage them to express their interest in this fund so they don’t miss out once formal applications open.”