Deputy Mayor praises big-hearted business after lifesaving defibrillator is installed

Thursday 17 May 2018

Mid and East Antrim’s Deputy Mayor has praised a Carrickfergus business after it installed a defibrillator for the use of local residents and visitors.

The new potentially lifesaving equipment is situated at Creed Coffee in Carrickfergus and can provide essential early intervention if somebody suffers cardiac arrest.

Councillor Cheryl Johnston said: “Well done to Creed Coffee, its owner Stewart Hewitt and all those who have secured a vital defibrillator.

“Our hope is that this equipment will not need to be used, but it is comforting to know that in an emergency the defibrillator is available if required.

“The Creed team had decided to fundraise for this vital and lifesaving machine because of its importance in helping those who live in the Carrickfergus area.

“The team were keen to make a positive contribution to their local community.

“A loyal Creed customer and Ulster University student, Joshua Hobson, got involved in their campaign.

“Convinced that providing a defibrillator for the people of Carrickfergus was a great idea, Joshua persuaded his employers, Heartsine Technologies, to donate a defibrillator to the Creed cause.”

With the help of Councillor Johnston and in partnership with the local residents association, led by Jonathan Cooke, it was agreed that the defibrillator would be installed outside Creed Coffee.

Mr Hewitt thanked all those involved in making the project happen.

He added: "It is our hope is that the community will benefit from the generosity, hard work, commitment of the staff and customer team here at Creed. Now let's try to get a defibrillator outside Creed's Larne branch!"

Members of staff at Creed have been trained by professionals in the use of the defibrillator, and the equipment sets out, step by step, how to use it should somebody be suffering a cardiac arrest.

More than 1,400 people suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Northern Ireland each year.

Fewer than ten percent of them survive to be discharged from hospital, according to the Department of Health.

Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a defibrillator shock are vital to a person’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest.

Survival rates are higher in places where more people are trained to perform CPR and are willing to intervene.