We understand that communities may be finding it difficult to fundraise for a defibrillator, particularly during these testing times. We hope this blog post will help you find out a bit more about grants that may be available to you to help towards your fundraising.
London Hearts are helping to fund Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) in communities all over the country. When someone has a cardiac arrest, timely intervention is the key to survival. By making more defibrillators available, and by training more people to use them, the better the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim.
PADs are defibrillators placed in public places and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The defibrillators are kept in an external cabinet, so when someone calls 999 in an emergency, the call handler can direct you to where the nearest defibrillator is. While an ambulance is on the way to the scene, bystanders can commence CPR and defibrillation before paramedics arrive.
London Hearts can help by providing grants of up to £500 to communities who are fundraising for a public access defibrillator in their area.
As a community you would be responsible for the fitting, upkeep and ongoing maintenance of the equipment along with running costs, which is around £2 - £3 per year for electricity.
We offer grants based on the following criterion:
- Health needs of the community
- Proximity to other defibrillators
If you would like to apply for a grant for a community public access defibrillator, please complete the form online. Please provide as much information as possible including:
- Confirmation that you are or will be fundraising for a defibrillator
- Details of where the PAD would be sited, including an estimate of footfall
- Who will be responsible for the PAD
If your application is successful, your group will be asked to make the donation of your funds raised to London Hearts. On receipt of these funds, we will order your equipment and it will be issued to you as soon as possible. Please note your community group or organisation is responsible for arranging the installation of the cabinet and any costs involved. London Hearts usually provides free CPR training, but these sessions have been suspended for the time being. They will resume when we're able to conduct them safely. We may also arrange press/media coverage to publicise the installation of this lifesaving equipment in your community.
Depending on certain criteria, you may be eligible to receive some funding towards your defibrillator from other organisations. Below are some resources which may help you apply for a full or partial grant. Please contact them directly for more information on eligibility criteria. Local Authority Grants may also be given, on application to your respective local authority/Parish Councils.