Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood are popular places to visit, but sadly some visitors are taken ill when exploring the wider reaches of the Park, or at the heart of  the Woodland. Every second counts when you are having a cardiac arrest, when the heart suddenly stops beating. Sadly each year we do have visitors who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

A defibrillator is able to restart the heart during a cardiac arrest, and can save lives. When used, the survival rate can increase to 50%, but a speedy response is crucial. This is the reason we have launched our appeal to have equipment readily accessible to staff. 

Our Rangers respond to first aid emergencies and give potentially life-saving assistance prior to the Emergency Services arriving, often in some of the least accessible areas of the Park.

We want to save vital time! Thanks to this appeal we will be able to locate units at Bradgate Park's Hallgates (Cropston) and Newtown Linford car parks, a unit at Old John, and also make the unit at the Deer Barn more accessible.  This means that waiting times for urgent assistance are reduced and equipment is on hand. This can assist the Emergency Services greatly. Following the success of this appeal to-date we are now hoping to raise funds for units at Swithland Wood too. 

Joe Humphries Trust LogoThe charity is working with the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) receiving support and advice. JHMT are also supporting the Trust through donating cabinets and staff training in CPR and AED use. We have also received support from a local charitable Trust, but still have funds to raise towards our aspirations to be a Heart Safe Park. Additional costs include maps/signage and installation, so whilst we have raised funds for the additional defibrillators, we are keeping this appeal open whilst we get more information on costs. 

Please donate today and help us raise the much needed funds to get this equipment in place and help save lives. If we secure extra funds, we will seek to add extra units as advised by the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust nearer Swithland Wood. 

What is a defibrillator?

A defibrillator is an electrical device that provides a shock to the heart when there is erratic and irregular beating of the heart or the heart has suddenly stopped beating. A defibrillator provides a high energy electric shock to enable the heart to start beating normally and regularly again. It is a life saving device and defibrillators save millions of lives across the world each year.