Monday, 27 September 2021

Defibrillator number 45 installed at Henley Standard offices

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed at the Henley Standard offices.

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed at the Henley Standard's offices.

The lifesaving device is the 45th to be unveiled since the launch of the Millie’s Dream appeal in 2013.

The appeal was started by Sarah Roberts, of King’s Road, Henley, and named after her daughter, now nine, who has a heart and lung condition.

Miss Roberts initially wanted to install defibrillators at the 10 schools in the Henley area but the appeal proved so popular that devices have been installed at other schools as well as businesses and at locations for use by the whole community.

Each defibrillator and box costs about £1,500 and Millie’s Dream helps arrange training sessions on how to use them with South Central Ambulance Service.

The latest machine is on the outside wall of the Higgs Group offices in Reading Road, Henley, after being unveiled by Miss Roberts and Millie, a pupil at Rupert House School in Bell Street.

It is stored in a locked red box that can be accessed using a code available from the emergency services.

Miss Roberts said: “I’d like to say thank you for the enormous support the Henley Standard has given Millie’s Dream.

“More and more communities are raising funds to install defibrillators and boxes but there are still patches and villages where there’s no cover. We need to go on with our dream of covering the whole neighbourhood.

“A defibrillator can help give someone who suffers sudden cardiac arrest a much greater chance of survival.”

Neil Ratcliffe, managing director of Higgs Group, added: “The Henley Standard has supported Millie’s Dream from the outset and it is terrific to see how well it has taken off with nearly 50 devices installed in the area so far.

“I am very pleased to continue our support by installing a defibrillator at our premises. Hopefully, it will never need to be used but anyone can have a cardiac arrest at any time and this machine might just be the difference between life and death.”

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