On Tuesday evening, the safest place to be in Solihull could have been the Mayor’s Parlour as FastAid Community First Responders (CFRs) received nine new defibrillators donated by the Lions Club of Solihull.
Handing over the £10,000 gift, the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Glenis Slater praised both the Lions Club and the role of the CFRs saying how important the contribution of voluntary groups is within the Borough “These two organisations both do tremendous good for the community and thanks to Solihull Lions our local FastAid volunteers can continue with their wonderful life saving work”
Richard Jay, Chairman of FastAid and a CFR himself explained “FastAid was formed in Solihull 10 years ago and some of our defibrillators date from then. We decided to launch an appeal to enable us to get right up to date with the latest models and also to upgrade to ECG monitors; this incredible donation has taken us a long way towards that goal. They will be issued to the ten CFRs within central Solihull and we will now, for the first time, have an ECG monitor based in our scheme car. This will make such a difference to patient care. We are extremely grateful to the members of Solihull Lions Club for their generosity.”
Paul Jolly, President of Solihull Lions continued “The motto of Lions International is ‘We serve’ and we recognised immediately that is something we have in common with the volunteers from FastAid. When we heard of their immediate need for replacement defibrillators, it seemed such a worthwhile charity for us to support. It is good to know that the CFRs within Solihull now have the best equipment and we are delighted to have played our part in that”.
Also lending a hand was Julian Knight, MP for Solihull who added “One of the defibrillators donated by Solihull Lions, in its first day of use, has contributed to a resuscitation in our town showing how valuable it is to have a fully equipped and a fast response when someone suffers a cardiac arrest”
Andy Jeynes, Community Response Manager from West Midlands Ambulance said of FastAid CFRs “Community First Responders are a great asset to West Midlands Ambulance Service and to the community they serve. Because they are local they can be on scene very quickly and this can make a real difference. Probably, when combined with their skills, the most important single piece of kit they carry is the defibrillator. In a cardiac arrest it really is the only equipment capable of restoring an output from the heart. West Midlands Ambulance and the whole community are very grateful to Solihull Lions for providing such fantastic support”.