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“We are so, so happy”

A group of flats where Affinity Trust  supports people in Staffordshire has been gifted a public access defibrillator.

AED Donate chief executive Jamie Richards handed over the defibrillator on Monday 16 March when he visited the flats in Cheadle with local councillor Elizabeth Whitehouse.

AED Donate is a West Midlands-based charity that works with communities to fund and install public access defibrillators and train people how to use them.

Team Leader Denise Cliff, who had entered Affinity Trust for the defibrillator prize draw, said: “We are so, so happy.

“We have had a medical emergency here once or twice before and we’ve had to do normal CPR so to now have this machine makes such a massive difference.”

At the location, staff support nine people with learning disabilities in a cluster of flats. All those staff have been trained in using the defibrillator.

Denise added: “I can’t tell you how much this means to us. It’s just amazing, we can do so much good with it and the community can too.”

So that the defibrillator can be used by all the community, the intention is that it will be located outside. For the time being, though, it will be based inside – but, as the location is staffed round-the-clock, the defibrillator can still be used by the community.

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