Morecambe’s plea for 24-hour defibrillator

Marian, Maureen, Noreen, Carol and Elaine outside The Green Room Cafe.
Marian, Maureen, Noreen, Carol and Elaine outside The Green Room Cafe.

A project is being launched to install Morecambe’s first public defibrillator which will give the community access to life saving equipment 24 hours a day.

Soroptimist International Morecambe and Heysham are teaming up with Morecambe Library to fundraise for the machine which will provide treatment for people suffering from a cardiac arrest.

It has to be minutes from built up areas and the quicker we respond to a casualty the better chance of survival

Elaine Rush, manager at Morecambe Library

A cardiac arrest occurs when the normal electrical activity which controls the heart is replaced by a chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm, the heart stops beating effectively and the circulation of blood stops.

The only thing that can return the heart back to its normal rhythm is a high energy electric shock, and this shock needs to be delivered by a defibrillator.

Carol Edmunds, Noreen Haselden, Marian Heaton, Maureen Turner and other soroptimist and library members are aiming to raise £1,500 for the defibrillator and training.

Elaine Rush, manager at Morecambe Library, will make sure all staff are trained to use the machine which will be securely fitted to the building using a key-coded system.

Elaine hopes once it is installed training can be provided at the library for members of the public too.

Elaine said: “It has to be minutes from built up areas and the quicker we respond to a casualty the better chance of survival.”

Carol Edmunds, who owns The Green Room Coffee House in Morecambe, said: “It is a community effort for the two groups to work in partnership to get this for the town.

“This will be available 24 hours which is a great thing and everybody knows where the library is.”

Noreen Haselden said: “If anybody collapses in the area there is a means of resuscitation.”

Once installed it will be the first defibrillator available for 24 hours – one is available during opening times at the Arndale Centre in Morecambe which helped save a holidaymaker’s life last year.

If you would like to donate towards the defibrillator please contact Morecambe Library, Central Drive, on 0300 123 6703.