Left-right Tom Parkinson Celeste Shorten, BoI Manager, Skibbereen, Patrick Murphy Ballydehob Community Alert, Jonathan McCarthy Garda Ballydehob
Bank of Ireland has donated two defibrillators, one to the Community First Responders (CFR) scheme in Ballydehob and one to the scheme in Schull. This is part of a commitment by Bank of Ireland to donate 10 defibrillators to CFR schemes nationwide.
The donations were made as part of Bank of Ireland’s “Be At Your Best” programme. As part of this programme, staff from Bank of Ireland hosted a ‘Couch to 5k Run’ with 700 staff taking part. Arising from the success of this run, the bank made the decision to get involved with Community First Responders schemes and to make the donation of these ten defibrillators.
Defibrillators are small devices that are placed on the chest or abdomen and use electrical pulses or shocks to help control life-threatening arrhythmias, especially those that can cause sudden cardiac arrest. CFR schemes are community groups who are working in conjunction with the National Ambulance service as a first response unit for 999 calls for cardiac instances in the area. Bank of Ireland’s donation will allow communities who have set up a CFR scheme, trained volunteers, and purchased uniforms to get the scheme up and running, working in conjunction with the National Ambulance Service with the ultimate goal of saving lives.
Celeste Shorten, Bank of Ireland Manager Skibbereen said: “BOI Skibbereen are delighted to be in a position to donate these defibrillators for the benefit of the people and the communities of Ballydehob and Schull”.
Patrick Murphy from CFR Ballydehob said, “On behalf of the people of Ballydehob I would like to thanks the staff of Bank Of Ireland for their generous contribution for the community.”
Aidan Coughlan from CFR Schull said “We are extremely grateful to Bank of Ireland for the donation of the defibrillator for the local community. Having this for our community will be invaluable going forward.”
At present, local communities around the country are forming Community First Responders schemes (CFR’s), which will be linked to the National Ambulance Service.