A new defibrillator based at Link Business Centre

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Pictured from left to right: Melanie Baker, MD Melton Support Services Ltd and Treasurer Heartstart Malvern. Mark Wilesmith, Partner, Link Business Centre. Claire Symonds, Accounts/Service Receptionist, RPM Malvern Ltd. Richard Evans, Property Manager, Link Business Centre.

When Claire Symonds of RPM, Link Business Centre went on a Red Cross First Aid Course in Worcester last year, she discovered that if a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6% to 50%. This made Claire realise what a huge difference having a defibrillator nearby would make to a person who has suffered cardiac arrest.

Claire approached Martin Wilesmith, Owner of Link Business Centre and suggested that it would be a great asset to local people to install a defibrillator within the Centre. The location is ideal, as it is within close proximity to several key places used by members of the public. Martin, who himself has had heart surgery a few years ago immediately agreed that it was a great idea.

Martin contacted Heartstart Malvern, who’s Treasurer is Melanie Baker, MD of Melton Support Services Ltd, Unit 1 Link Business Centre. They helped to advise and arrange the installation of the defibrillator, which is positioned just outside the gates of the Centre, so that it is available for use any time of day or night.

Since Heartstart Malvern launched in January 2017, they have provided free training to almost 3,000 local residents and schoolchildren on how to save a life by teaching them simple resuscitation skills and how to use a defibrillator.

Working together with Heartstart Malvern, Link Business Centre are offering training to any tenants and staff based on the site and other organisations in the locality.

“I would like to thank Martin and his team for installing this life-saving defibrillator and would encourage as many people as possible to come forward for training. The location of this defibrillator means that it will not only benefit people working at Link Business Centre but it will also benefit the local community”. Richard Vakis-Lowe, Chairman of Heartstart Malvern

Heartstart Malvern are keen to hear from any other local businesses or organisations who would like to arrange free training sessions for their staff. No previous first aid experience is needed. To book a Heartstart Malvern training session visit www.heartstartmalvern.org.uk