Community spirit and wellbeing is at the forefront of all Crowborough residents’ minds. The town is growing, local businesses expanding and new shops opening, it’s an exciting time. However, this was mildly tainted recently when one of the Public Access Defibrillators was vandalised and taken out of service.

Robin Dowling, a Crowborough resident and local businessman, recognises the importance of AED units and paid for an immediate replacement to be fitted.

Local businessman funds replacement of damaged public access Defibrillator cabinet
L-R: Robin Dowling, Kay Nash & Leigh Westwood (Team Leader – Crowborough CFR)

There are over 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. Chances of survival are very small but without treatment, a cardiac arrest victims’ chance of survival decreases significantly more by 10% per minute – a scary statistic but one that can be combated by having units like these fitted throughout town centres. Use of a defibrillator can aid chances of survival.

Funds that were raised through other local sources in response to the incident have been ringfenced for future Public Access Defibrillator deployments.