Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 13:00
On 6 August 2019, the Mayor of Faversham, Alison Reynolds, with the local WI President, Susi Du Toit, unveiled a new defibrillator at the National Shrine of Saint Jude.
The WI raised the money through selling crafts, cake and many cuppas, so that they could donate the defibrillator to the Shrine and town of Faversham. The defibrillator will be accessible to the people of Faversham 24 hours a day, and also to the thousands of pilgrims who come from all over the world to visit the Shrine and Parish in Faversham.
According to Saint John’s Ambulance: ‘A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. A person's chance of survival falls by about 10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation.’
On the day of the unveiling, Susi Du Toit said: “I am so proud of the Faversham Gunpowder WI in raising the money for such an important life-saving device. The Shrine of Saint Jude is situated in Tanners Street and we want people to know it is here now.”
Mr Matt Betts, Development Manager at the Shrine, said: “The Faversham Gunpowder WI should be rightly proud of their achievement in raising the money for the defibrillator. I would like to thank the WI for choosing to place it here so that all of the town can access it in an emergency. I would also like to thank local electrician, David Clark for installing it for us for free”.
Father Brendan Grady, Chaplain; Brother Tony O’Donnell; and Father Richard Copsey were also in attendance.
Brother Tony O’Donnell in particular was proud to join the WI in their celebration as they all remarked on how great the gardens were looking. Brother Tony works on the gardens all year, and said: “It was a great experience showing the WI around the gardens, and I am pleased the weather was so good.”
The details of the defibrillator have been passed to both South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, public access defibrillator’s voluntary services department and the Faversham voluntary first responders team and added to the records. In the event of an appropriate cardiac 999 call these details will be available to the emergency call handler who will be able to pass the information onto the caller.