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Support for MP’s defibrillator campaign

Graham Stuart (centre, left) at the conference

Beverley MP Graham Stuart says the community is fully behind his efforts to improve access to life-saving defibrillators after he hosted a summit at the Tickton Grange Hotel for local fundraisers and the emergency services.

The MP has, for many years, championed greater awareness and availability of Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) across East Yorkshire and said the conference had helped build a strategy for improving provision and education across the region.

He says he wants to see a publically-accessible defibrillator in at least every town and village across the area as well as giving school leavers awareness of basic life-saving skills. “Evidence from other nations such as the USA and Denmark show the clear benefits of having more defibrillators around the community, and wider training in resuscitation after cardiac arrests,” he told Beverley FM.

Speaking ahead of the conference, he said: “This important summit forms another step in my campaign to prevent deaths from cardiac arrests in East Yorkshire. I am bringing together key providers, fundraisers and the emergency services to make sure every community has access to a defibrillator and is confident in using them.”

“My campaign has already helped to see 67 registered PADs in Beverley and Holderness, but there is still so much more to do. At this conference we will be discussing how we can get charities, GP surgeries and schools on-board to improve this awareness and availability.”

After the meeting, Amy Leathley, from the Tickton Defibrillator Campaign, said: “It is brilliant to see our local MP bringing together various organisations to keep this issue in the public eye. Having worked with Graham on the ‘Tour de Tickton’ – where he cycled around various new CPADs across our community – I know how committed he is to this campaign.

“After today’s conference, I am much more confident that fundraisers and providers will maintain a closer relationship with the emergency services, which is so important if we are going to continue saving lives.”