Rotary's vital gift to Creative Youth Network

April 02 2020

THE Rotary Club of Kingswood has funded a defibrillator at Creative Youth Network’s head office in Kingswood.

Richard Law, President of the Kingswood Rotary Club and Joanna Pengilley, Centre Manager of Creative Youth Network
Richard Law, President of the Kingswood Rotary Club and Joanna Pengilley, Centre Manager of Creative Youth Network.

More than 140 people work on the Kingswood Estate site, which is home to numerous charity offices. 

The device could be a lifesaver for anyone on the site who experiences a sudden cardiac arrest. A defibrillator electrically shorts the heart back into a normal rhythm, but speed is essential: survival rate falls by around 10 per cent for every minute that defibrillation is delayed. 

Joanna Pengilley, CYN centre manager, said:  “We hope to never have to use the defibrillator but it is reassuring knowing that it is there and accessible should anyone need it. Everyone on the estate is grateful to the Kingswood Rotary Club for helping to provide such a valuable resource to our busy site.”

She added: “We are grateful for the South West Ambulance Service for additionally providing some free training to people based here at the Kingswood Estate so that they can feel confident to use it [the defibrillator] should the need arise.”