Tamworth MP, Christopher Pincher, has launched his defibrillator campaign for August across Tamworth and the surrounding villages. Recent research shows that your best chances of survival from a heart attack is to receive a cardiac shock within three minutes. Every minute afterwards decreases your chance of survival by 10%. Across Tamworth and the surrounding villages there are around 70 defibrillator boxes for community responders to use. However, there can always be more, especially in Ventura Park, and so Mr Pincher has launched his ‘Defib-A-Day’ campaign over August to highlighs a number of defibrillator sites every single day, raising awareness to local residents.
The campaign is in partnership with ‘Tamworth Have A Heart’ run by Keith Simpson and chaired by our town Mayor Richard Kingstone. The MP’s August campaign aims to raise awareness and hopefully encourage more defib units across our towns and villages.
Commenting Mr Pincher said:
“I recently met with Cardiac Risk in the Young and to see the effects of heart defects can have on young people got me thinking on how we can help support Tamworth’s population across all heart issues. It sadly brushes many peoples families and if we can continue to increase the number of defibrillator sites or urge more young people to get screened then I will work to do that. So every single day in August I will be highlighting different Defibrillator sites across our town and villages, in our papers, on my website and on my social media. I urge residents to share these so we all know where help can be found in the rare situations that it is required.”