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Bedfordshire Neville Special Projects Invests in Defibrillator for Local Community




One of Bedfordshire’s longest established family-owned group of businesses,

Neville Trust, which includes Neville Special Projects and Neville Joinery, has

successfully installed and registered its first publicly available automated

external defibrillator (AED), at its premises on Marsh Road, Luton.


The AED, which has been registered and mapped by The National Defibrillator Network (The

Circuit) making it available for emergency services, is positioned on a street-facing outside

wall and is available 24/7 for staff and members of the public.


According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, if defibrillation can be

initiated within three to five minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest, survival rates up to 70 per

cent can be achieved. However, only 50 per cent of installed AEDs are registered with The

Circuit, meaning 999 call handlers can’t efficiently direct bystanders to their nearest

defibrillator.



Vicky Trumper, Director at Neville Trust, commented: “The British Heart Foundation

estimates that only eight per cent of people survive sudden cardiac arrests outside of

hospital and, sadly, there weren’t any known defibrillators locally available to the staff and

visitors at our biggest office in Marsh Road.


“Being so close to a mainline station, local businesses and the park, our offices have a lot of

passing footfall. For the safety of our construction staff and the wider community, we really

felt this was something that needed addressing, not just by installing an AED, but making

sure it was registered within The Circuit.


“The device has been registered at Neville Trust premises on Marsh Road following a £1,750

company investment. It is now fully operational and connected to the East of England

Ambulance Service, should anyone need urgent resuscitation. The device is easy to use and

contains an illustrated step-by-step guide to aid bystanders assisting a casualty. What’s

more, we have a number of First Aiders on site most of the time, who are trained in basic

life support and CPR should you require help. Finally, it is our intention to additionally train

several of our staff specifically on defibrillator use,” Vicky added.


Installation of the defibrillator is the latest in a series of local community or charity-led

investments from Neville Trust, which follows the announcement of financial support for

NOAH Enterprise, Neville’s Charity of the Year. The company also took part in several Mental

Health First Aid courses, run by MHFA, to train, qualify and equip 14 members of staff with

the skills to support those in need of mental health guidance.

ENDS

For more information, please contact Isabel Jones isabel@edenpr.co.uk or Elle Bell and Elle@edenpr.co.uk at Eden Public Relations or call 0115 958 8850.  


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