Life-saving equipment installed at Morrisons

Morrisons supermarket has recently installed life-saving equipment outside its Berwick store.

Thursday, 8th June 2017, 9:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 2:46 pm
Morrisons assistant manager Steven Atkinson with staff member Karen Edwards.

Its staff have already proven themselves as a caring team of individuals, many of them trained as first aiders.

In May 2016, one of their customers collapsed in their cafeteria and trained staff jumped into action, applying CPR on the patient and successfully restarting his heart.

The lucky patient, Walter Dodds, along with family and friends, donated £2,000 to the store in recognition of their efforts.

The staff could have gone out for a meal and raised a glass to Mr Dodds, but instead teamed up with Brian Firth, founder of the Global CPAD Campaign to acquire and install a community public access defibrillator.

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Community public access defibrillators are a proven life saver, available to the public 24/7.

In Mr Firth’s home district, one of the campaign’s defibrillators saved the life of a local councillor last year who collapsed while out running. Ironically, the campaign was launched following the death of a customer in a Morrisons car park in Guiseley, Yorkshire.

The campaign has now resulted in the installation of more than 70 defibrillators, including one at Berwick Holiday Park.

“They are very easy to use, the defibrillator itself talking you through the process, and there is no legal redress against you if it proves unsuccessful,” said Mr Firth.

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