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£1,120raised of £1,000 target by 48 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,120 to purchase an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) for Little Staughton Village, North Bedfordshire.

    Little Staughton, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 22nd January 2017

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    In October 2016 I met a group of young people whilst taking part in my National Citizen Service. The program centres around giving back to your local area through a community action project.

    Whilst discussing ideas for this task it occurred to me that my village, Little Staughton, lacked its own defibrillator. Our rural location means that we are at least a 20 minute drive from a hospital and so an AED could truly mean the difference between life and death for any of our residents.

    When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%. The average response time for first responders once 999 is called is 8-12 minutes. 12 people under the age of 35 die every week due to sudden cardiac arrest in the UK and 270 children die in the UK per year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school. Up to 100,000 people die in the UK from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year – more than breast cancer, lung cancer, HIV and AIDs combined.

    We have commenced fundraising but now we need YOUR help to give a person suffering from a cardiac arrest, the best possible chance of survival whilst in our village.

    What am I personally doing to raise funds?
    I have committed to take part ina 5km swim with Milcotts Swimming Club. This is a very personal challenge for me as since the age of 4 I have suffered from Perthes disease of my right hip. I've had numerous operations that have helped with my mobility, however I will always suffer from Arthritis. Therefore, this will push me both physically and mentally.
    I have also (through my position of responsibility at Sharnbrook Upper School) secured the support of my House in doing various fundraising activities for this project.

    Thank you for all of your kind support, please feel free to forward this link to friends and family as it would greatly help raise awareness.



    • Heidi Dignan1 year ago
      Heidi Dignan

      Heidi Dignan

      1 year ago

      Thank you Matt and Rebecca Brightman. I've got the big swim tomorrow afternoon, 2 and 1/2 hours to hopefully cover 6km. From Ben

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    • Heidi Dignan1 year ago
      Heidi Dignan

      Heidi Dignan

      1 year ago

      Thank you Mary and Roger Jordan from Ben

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    • Heidi Dignan1 year ago
      Heidi Dignan

      Heidi Dignan

      1 year ago

      Happy New Year and thank you Andre, from Ben

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    Page last updated on: 1/21/2017 5:26 PM



    • Matt Brightman

      Matt Brightman

      Jan 21, 2017


    • Mary Jordan

      Mary Jordan

      Jan 2, 2017

      Well doneRoger and Mary


    • Andre May

      Andre May

      Jan 1, 2017

      Good luck - great cause! Andre

    • Anonymous


      Dec 28, 2016

      brilliant !!!from all @ Top End Village Stores


    • Michael Clark

      Michael Clark

      Dec 24, 2016

      Well done, this is for such a great cause! Merry Christmas!


    • Heidi & Patrick Dignan

      Heidi & Patrick Dignan

      Dec 22, 2016

      A fantastic job Son, so very proud of your selfless effort, we'll cheer you on during the 5km swim. You've provided Little Staughton residents with an invaluable life saving piece of equipment. xxxx


    • Kevin and Mia Foskett

      Kevin and Mia Foskett

      Dec 22, 2016

      Well done Ben, a very worthwhile cause. From Kevin and Maria from the Crown, Little Staughton.


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    Heidi Dignan

    Heidi Dignan

    Little Staughton, United Kingdom

    My Name is Ben Dignan, I am currently completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award alongside my National Citizen Service. The awards require me to give back to my local community and so this project is the product this task.

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