The Midcounties Co-operative unveils new defibrillator at Food store in Swindon

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Sean Varney, store manager at The Midcounties Co-operative Old Town Food store, unveiling the defibrillator with the Mayor of Swindon

The Midcounties Co-operative has unveiled a new defibrillator at its Food store in Swindon, to help save lives in the event of an emergency, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the local community.

Events held at six of The Midcounties Co-operative’s stores in the region raised £2,614 to fund the purchase of the defibrillator which has been installed at the Society’s Newport Street Food store in Old Town.

The in-store defibrillator was unveiled by the Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Teresa Page, and has given the local area a valuable asset. Training sessions for colleagues and members of the community will be provided in order to ensure correct usage of the equipment.

The Midcounties Co-operative has teamed up with The Community Heartbeat Trust, a leading national charity dedicated to providing defibrillation services to local communities to ensure care is administered whilst patients are awaiting the arrival of the emergency services.

The charity will support the Society by supplying the defibrillator and helping to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and The Midcounties Co-operative has pledged to pay the ongoing maintenance costs.

Sean Varney, store manager at The Midcounties Co-operative Food’s Old Town store, said: “The installation of the defibrillator at our store will really add value to the local area and provide Swindon with a potentially lifesaving service. The response from the local community has been fantastic and, without their support, installing the equipment would not have been possible.

“The installation is part of the Society’s ongoing commitment to support its local communities with the provision of these vital pieces of equipment and the relevant training, and we hope that it will significantly reduce the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest in the Swindon area.”

The Midcounties Co-operative Food stores involved in the activity included Crossways, Beechcroft Road, Cavendish Square and Ermin Street along with the Clive Parade Post Office and The Co-operative Childcare Walcot nursery.