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Carrier bag charge helps fund three lifesaving defibrillators in Lichfield

Three lifesaving defibrillators have been installed in Lichfield after being funded by the 5p carrier bag charge.

Central England Co-operative has added the equipment to its Business Support Centre on Hermes Road, the supermarket at Boley Park and the convenience store on Curborough Road.

The company worked with ambulance services to find the best locations for more than 300 devices across its network of businesses.

Martyn Cheatle, Central England Co-operative Chief Executive, said: “Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the UK’s biggest killers and, after listening to the concerns of customers, members and partners, we wanted to help tackle the issue by getting more life-saving equipment into communities where it can save lives.

“The response to the project by our colleagues, customers and members has been amazing and we have been taken aback by the positive response from the communities in which we serve.”

After every device was installed, special familiarisation sessions took place for staff, nearby businesses, local residents and community groups to help people find out more about the device and how to use it.

Kev Morris, store manager at Boley Park Food Store, said: “Everyone in our stores have been delighted to have been such an integral part of ensuring these lifesaving devices could be installed and be of great benefit to our communities.

“If one of the defibrillators is ever needed, anyone can call 999 and the emergency operator will pass on a code that will open the locked case that the equipment is stored in.

“The devices will then talk the person through how to use it – they are easy to use and any member of the community would be able to do so if needed.”

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