Who are we?
This fund was set up in July 2012 by Richard & Dawn Woodward have lived in Featherstone since they married in 1988. They have local businesses where Dawn runs a Personal Travel Agency as part of Mid Counties Coop Travel and Richard is an instructor with Featherstone Driver Training.
They have so far raised over £1800 in order to purchase AED machines for Featherstone. They hope with continued success to supply the machines to Brinsford & Hilton. The first public access AED is now live on the 999 system, a second one is on the agenda and we have also co-ordinated and installed an AED for Shareshill. Thank you to Shareshill Parish Council who 100% funded the Shareshill project.
Both Richard and Dawn are certified first aiders and first aid trainers (HSE Emergency First Aid at Work approved course) and St John Ambulance volunteers.
Richard is also a trained Community First Responder and Dawn worked for many years at the Walsall Manor and Good Hope Hospital prior to becoming a Driving Instructor & Personal Travel Agent with Mid Counties Co-op Travel.
In their spare time Richard and Dawn love being volunteers for British Heart Foundation Hearstart (Emergency Life Skills) course they run. This is a FREE course that teaches how basic emergency life skills can and do save lives.
It was teaching the Heartstart course that made them realise how vital it is to have AED's in the community. Since teaching their first course in July 2012 they have received valuable donations from a variety of sources including presenting to local associations and donating back their training conferences fees and travelling expenses.
They are part of Staffordshire Voluntary Action Group and are working closely with Featherstone Parish Council who have donated the cabinet to see this vital life saving equipment put in place helping make Featherstone and our surrounding villages safer places to live.
Both Dawn's Grandfathers died of heart attack and consequently cardiac arrest. We have heard many, many similar stories where if only an AED had been present that people may still be with us today. AED's are vital to survival of cardiac arrest victims.
Goal 1 - It is their aim to have raised enough money by Christmas 2013 to be able to reach their first target of £1500 to buy the first machine and cabinet - Target Achieved :-)
Our 2014 goals
Provide AED for Brinsford or Hilton. This will depend on many factors including the speed in which we can gain access to sites, funding and amenities to support the project. Spoke to Brinsford residents association but no reply received regarding interest to provide an AED for their village :(
Co-ordinate the supply and installation for Shareshill AED. Completion date 30th April 2014 - Target achieved :-)
Write article for Shareshill Parish magazine to raise awareness of the AED and cardiac arrest - achieved and published :-)
Write article for Featherstone/Hilton Parish magazine - on target - met, article provided - magazine no longer published :(
Signs provided by Featherstone Parish Council to direct residents to the AED - acheived :-) - Vandalised and stolen!!
AED signs stolen from our street in Dunlin Drive - Council informed and permission being sought for official street signs similar to tourist signs -
Still waiting :(
Funding applied for through British Heart Foundation for a further 3 AED's for surrounding villages
- refused due to traffic and footfall figures being unobtainable before funding ran out :(
5 AED's approved in Dorset that we completed funding for and are co-ordinating.
- Met :-)
We hope to supply a 2nd AED to Featherstone with hopes of it being on the main Cannock Road at Featherstone/Hilton Traffic lights - on target