£2,100 has been raised at the annual Farnfields Solicitors Charity Golf Day to fund defibrillators in areas where Farnfields has offices (Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton and Warminster).
This tops up the money raised in 2017 which has enabled Farnfields to fund 2 defibrillators including cabinets through the South West Ambulance NHS Trust. Farnfields continues to work with local organisations to fund more and has therefore decided to continue to raise money for defibrillators throughout 2018 which includes the money that has been raised through this year’s Charity Golf Day.
Fiona Thomas, Managing Partner at Farnfields said, “Through the generous support of the teams taking part and the sponsors for their contributions and donation of prizes we are well on the way to being able to fund at least a further two defibrillators. The smooth running of the day is down to the staff at Rushmore Golf Club and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support and help with this event.”
The winning team of the main Stableford event was F J Chalke based in Mere.
The Par 3 competition was won by North Dorset Nomads.
Funding defibrillators is Farnfields Solicitors nominated charity of the year, supported through this year’s annual Golf Day and other activities including Dress Down Days once a month at the offices.
Ends: with photos – the winning team from F J Chalke (left to right) – James Chalke, Mel Chalke, George Chalke, Jackie Cuff (from Farnfields), Simon Pont and Lindsey Harrison (from Farnfields).
About defibrillators (taken from the South Western Ambulance Service website http://www.swast.nhs.uk/What%20We%20Do/defibrillators.htm)
Over 3,600 people are resuscitated by ambulance staff every year in the South West because they suffer a pre-hospital cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes once in cardiac arrest, a person loses a further 10% chance of survival, and with this dramatic loss in chance of survival, there is a need of a defibrillator every 4-5 minutes walk. Without doubt this availability would improve cardiac arrest survival rates throughout the South West.
A defibrillator is a device used to give an electric shock to help restart a patient’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest. If there were more public access defibrillators, more people could get a life saving shock as quickly as possible, ahead of an ambulance, which would assist in giving them the best possible chance of survival.