Defibrillators (or AEDs, automated external defibrillators) save lives. If someone is having a sudden cardiac arrest, these machines can help restore the normal rhythm and provide support until an ambulance arrives. Ordinary members of the public can use them because they ‘speak’ instructions about what to do and how – it is not difficult, and you cannot harm anyone with one.
There are three AEDs already in the village: one on the wall of Bevans the butchers, one at the front entrance of KGV (outside the building) and one maintained by Effingham & Leatherhead RFC on the wall by the entrance to the Sutton Room (inside the KGV building). The Trustees however are delighted to announce that soon there will be a third one at KGV, situated on the HQ building of 1st Effingham Scouts (off the Guildford Road, opposite Mount Pleasant). As well as being nearer to the sports pitches which are furthest away from the KGV Hall, the new one will be within reach of residents in nearby housing areas for instance Orchard Close, Linden Close, Mount Pleasant, Norwood Road and Strathcona Avenue.
The KGV Trustees are extremely grateful to Effingham Parish Council for funding towards the cost of installation of the AED, and to 1st Effingham Scouts for ‘hosting’ it.