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Conwy RNLI secure local funding for community defibrillator (AED)

Lifeboats News Release

After months of planning and organising, Conwy RNLI have secured sufficient funding for a station based community automatic defibrillator (AED), which will be installed on the outside wall of the lifeboat station on Conwy Quay.

Close up view of new AED straight out of the packaging.

RNLI/Alan Flood

New de-fib awaiting install

In partnership with Welsh Hearts, the community of Conwy are invited to a presentation and training evening to commence at 7pm at the lifeboat station on Wednesday 20 September.

Station volunteers are offering the local community the opportunity to come and learn how the defibrillator works and to ask any questions during the training and presentation.

Aled Williams, Conwy RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'This project would not have been possible without the support and funding from Conwy Town Council, St.Mary’s Church (Conwy), Conwy Motorcycle Club and other private donations. The volunteer crew and officials of Conwy RNLI have been directly involved in the fundraising efforts for this community project and are delighted to be able offer this vital lifesaving asset to not only the community of our town, but also the many visitors that it attracts year in year out.'

Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI volunteer Helm and Lifeboat Press Officer, who works for the Welsh Ambulance Service, explains: 'When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%, this shows the importance of having one of these lifesaving units available for the community.'

We look forward to welcoming anybody whom wishes to attend on the Wednesday 20 September at 7pm.

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  1. The new de-fib Credit/RNLl Alan Flood

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RNLI media contacts

  • Alan Flood, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07871505513
  • Danny-Lee Davies, Conwy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07999321639
  • Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer (Wales and West) on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162
  • Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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