£1,100raised of £1,000 target by 47 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,000 to purchase an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) for Little Staughton Village, North Bedfordshire.

Little Staughton, United Kingdom
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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.

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  • Heidi Dignan

    Heidi Dignan

    19 days ago

    Heidi Dignan

    Thank you Mary and Roger Jordan from Ben

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    Heidi Dignan

    19 days ago

    Heidi Dignan

    Happy New Year and thank you Andre, from Ben

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    Heidi Dignan

    24 days ago

    Heidi Dignan

    Merry Christmas and a big thank you to Top End Village Stores Little Staughton. From Ben

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  • 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


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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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