Community Defibrillators for Rossendale (CDFR)

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WM Dyer Electrical and Managing Director William Dyer are delighted to be honoured as part of the Queens award for voluntary service and part of the winning team headed up by Dawn Taylor in the Rossendale Valley. 

Chairman Andrew Walmsley, one of its founder members, said the charity came about from Dawn Taylor’s initial idea in 2010, and Dawn remains a driving force behind making public access defibrillators available across the Rossendale Valley.

He said: “We are honoured and delighted that the work of our ever-expanding group has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen.”

The aims of the charity are to facilitate the purchase of community defibrillators in Rossendale, increase awareness of their ease of use and accessibility, promote, educate and train members of the public in all aspects of ‘First Person on Scene’, ‘Basic Life Support’ and similar medical programmes and schemes, and to promote awareness that early defibrillation following Sudden Cardiac Arrest, in conjunction with effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in an out-of-hospital environment can, and does, improve survival rates.

Andrew added: “We currently have 28 CPAD units installed in the Rossendale Valley and Ramsbottom and would like to thank all those who have contributed to the successful promotion of the ongoing installation of CPADs through their hard work and commitment. Further installations are planned.”

He said a special ‘thank you’ is due to their colleagues in Rossendale Community First Responders – themselves winners of the QAVS in 2013 – as well as to numerous hosts, those people who check the units each week and also to William Dyer, of WM Dyer Electrical (UK) Ltd, who installs the housing units across the Valley at no cost to the charity.