(Graham with new defibrillator with (L-R) Geoff Holmes (CEO of px), Cllr Sue Steel and Nic Granger (CEO of HRF Solutions)
Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart, has paid thanks to px Group and HFR Solutions after it was announced that they would donate six defibrillators to Graham’s CADEY (Community Access Defibrillators for East Yorkshire) campaign for blanket defibrillator coverage across his constituency.
The surprise announcement came during a visit by some of the CADEY Committee to Saltend Chemicals Park, which is owned by px Group, to welcome another defibrillator being provided on the site thanks to HFR Solutions, who provide emergency management consultancy in addition to responding to any incidents on the chemicals park.
HFR solutions and px Group will donate a further three defibrillators each, with BP and Air Products, both based on the park, matching the funding for the three px Group defibrillators.
These new defibrillators will build on the success of the CADEY campaign since its launch in Spring 2018. With the help of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who sit on the campaign’s committee, CADEY identified around 62 communities in Beverley and Holderness which didn’t have access to a public defibrillator.
These additional defibrillators mean this number has been cut to around 15 in just over three years. CADEY continues to look for interest from private business or community groups who are willing to help fully or part-fund a defibrillator in one of the communities still without one.
Graham said, “I’m thrilled to bits by this fantastic announcement that the CADEY campaign is getting six more lifesaving defibrillators. Huge thanks to HFR Solutions, px Group, Air Products and BP for their generosity.
“The CADEY Committee were invited to Saltend Chemicals Park to welcome the new defibrillator put in place by our fantastic partner HFR Solutions, which means that hundreds more workers will have immediate treatment at the ready should the worst happen.
“To find out that the campaign would benefit from another six was a huge fillip and takes us six steps closer to achieving our goal of blanket coverage.”
Only around 10% of the 30,000 people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year survive, largely due to delays in treatment. The chances of survival from a cardiac arrest fall by 10% for every minute without treatment.
Geoff Holmes, px Group’s CEO, added: “It was a pleasure to meet with Graham and the CADEY Committee to talk a bit about how we’ve coped with some of the challenges posed by Covid and also to welcome this new defibrillator on our site.
“We always want to give back to the local community wherever possible, so we were delighted to get the opportunity to provide these lifesaving devices to the CADEY campaign in the hope they help to boost survival rates.”