Heart health award for vil­lage

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

PARISH coun­cil­lors in Rainow won an award for their ef­forts to pro­mote heart health and pre­pare for emer­gen­cies.

The coun­cil was awarded a Gold Car­diacS­mart ac­cred­i­ta­tion in part­ner­ship with the North West Am­bu­lance

NHS Trust af­ter in­stalling de­fib­ril­la­tors in the phone box at Mount Pleas­ant, at the church gates and out­side the Robin Hood pub. There are also more than 40 parish­ioners trained in ba­sic life sup­port to help peo­ple who suf­fer car­diac ar­rest.

The award recog­nises or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als for ded­i­ca­tion to rais­ing aware­ness of heart health, ba­sic life sup­port and de­fib­ril­la­tors – which give an elec­tric shock to help to re­store a nor­mal heart­beat.

Coun Richard Bal­ment said: “Thanks to the train­ing we have re­ceived

Sfrom the am­bu­lance ser­vice, a lo­cal para­medic and the Bolling­ton First Re­spon­der Team we are in­creas­ing the chances of sur­vival for any­body who suf­fers a car­diac ar­rest.

“We have three de­fib­ril­la­tors as a re­sult of the Parish Coun­cil, Holy Trinity Church and lo­cal vol­un­teers.

“Our award is tes­ta­ment to the work that has been put into mak­ing Rainow a health­ier place for peo­ple to visit and its res­i­dents.”

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