Thieves steal defibrilla­tor pads

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

DEFIBRILLA­TOR pads were stolen from units in Grey­stones in re­cent weeks, and a fundrais­ing cam­paign is un­der way to re­place them.

In the cab­i­nets around the town there are two sets of pads, used along with the equip­ment to use if some­one is hav­ing a car­diac ar­rest.

Some­one stole a set of pads from one of the cab­i­nets, Grey­stones CFR re­placed them, and that sec­ond set was stolen shortly after­wards.

‘We al­ways put two sets with each defibrilla­tor,’ said Mar­garet Duggan of Grey­stones CFR. She said they don’t know ex­actly which day they were taken, but it was in the early hour the morn­ing they be­lieve. ‘They were there one Fri­day and gone the next,’ she said.

Mar­garet said that it is most dis­ap­point­ing that some­one stooped so low. ‘It’s a whole new low really,’ she said. ‘It could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.’

She said that the sets cost up to €150 each to re­place and there is a gofundme page avail­able for any­one who wishes to make a do­na­tion.

‘We are all volunteers,’ said Mar­garet. ‘We usu­ally just have two ma­jor fundrais­ers a year, a ta­ble quiz in March and a bag pack in Septem­ber. We’re not out shak­ing buck­ets the whole time. We really could have done with­out hav­ing to raise more money. Any money we do raise goes straight back into the com­mu­nity.’

She said that the com­mu­nity sup­port has been won­der­ful since the thefts. ‘Ev­ery lit­tle helps, so even if some­one wants to do­nate just a Euro on the gofundme page that would be great,’ she said. ‘Peo­ple are very gen­er­ous.

So far they have raised around €300 to­wards the equip­ment. There are 12 de­fib­ril­la­tors in the Grey­stones area, with an­other to be un­veiled in the com­ing weeks.

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