Wolverhampton North East MP Jane Stevenson has officially unveiled a new public access defibrillator in Low Hill, following a charity campaign to get one installed in the area.
The defibrillator is situated on Showell Circus in Low Hill, between News Express and Low Hill Supermarket. The cabinet and device went live on 15th December and is registered via The Circuit, a national database of defibrillators ensuring 999 operators can direct members of the public to this equipment if needed.
The installations follows an eighteen month campaign by local charity and voluntary groups including the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust, Low Hill Streetwatch and Wulfruna Lifesavers, who all shared a vision that there should be an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in every community.
Jane said: “I was delighted to officially unveil the new public access defibrillator on Showell Circus, following a successful campaign by local voluntary groups. This will be a very important asset for the community, as we know that having defibrillators close by at times of urgent need can literally save lives.
“I would particularly like to thank Low Hill Street Watch, Wulfruna Lifesavers and the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust for their efforts to secure this new defibrillator for Low Hill. It is registered on the national defibrillator network too so that emergency services can easily locate it if needed, and I very much hope to see public access defibrillators rolled out to more areas across Wolverhampton.”
Sally Angell-James, Chair of Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust, said: “The trust was set up because my husband, Henry, suffered a fatal cardiac arrest four years ago. No one can comprehend the shock of a policeman coming to your door telling you the terrible news and in some small way if we can help save another family from that we will have done a good job in his name. He believed in supporting small local charities and that the simplest ideas are the best. And this is the HAJMT’s philosophy.”