19 May 2023
The well-known Arrow pub in Arnold stands proudly at the junction of Gedling Road and Arno Vale Road in Arnold and Manager, Lydia Stafford and her amazing team have been raising money for a defibrillator on the outside of the building.
After eight weeks of solid fundraising for the defibrillator unit, the team finally raised the amount to purchase the life-saving equipment, thanks to our charity grant funding.
There are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests across the UK every year but less than one in ten people survive. The more defibrillators that are accessible, and the more people trained in how to use them, the better the chance of survival for someone who suddenly collapses from of a cardiac arrest. But sadly, only 15% of the public would feel very confident using a defibrillator.
London Hearts is a charity aiming to help and support communities with the provision of heart defibrillators and teaching CPR/defibrillator skills. London Hearts can provide Charity Grant Funding towards the cost of a defibrillator and storage as well as a FREE online training video.
Lydia said: “I was so excited when it finally arrived and even more so today when it was fitted to the wall and fully registered with east midlands ambulance service, I am so proud of my team for the fund-raising efforts and of cause our wonderful community as without them this wouldn’t have happened.”
The Defibrillator we supply which is ideal for people of all ages is the advanced dual functioning Mindray C1A Defibrillator. Not only does this model carry out daily self-diagnostic tests, meaning maintenance is extremely limited but more importantly this model can be applied to both an adult and a child at the flick of a switch rather than having to waste time changing the pads.
It was quite appropriate that on the day when the defibrillator was finally installed that she also celebrated her 20th anniversary as an employee of Greene King.
Lydia’s team at The Arrow took to Facebook to congratulate her on her 20th anniversary working with Greene King saying “She makes coming to work not feel like work and always puts a smile on the faces of new and regular customers. Congratulations on this great milestone. Here is to many more years x”
A further £500 was raised for a Children’s Hospital which involved Lydia and her Assistant Manager Heather doing a glow-in-the-dark 10-mile walk in the snow and as a team, they also did a PJ day in the pub. Last but definitely not least every December the Arrow hosts the ‘Gedling Toy Run’, donated toys are collected at The Arrow for underprivileged children, and the Salvation Army collects and delivers them.
We are honoured that we have been able to play a role in this fantastic community initiative and help supply this lifesaving equipment to support Team Arrow. .
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