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Your chance to win an automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time.  If you suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving.  The great news is that the chance of survival can be significantly increased when an AED, also known as a defibrillator, is used rather than just CPR alone.

The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust has teamed up with Achub Calon Y Dyffryn, SADS UK  (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) and ZOLL Medical UK to give people the chance to win a life-saving defibrillator and storage cabinet for their school or community.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, early defibrillation is a crucial part of the chain of survival. 

Last year there were 9,800 hospital visits in Wales attributed to a heart attack or cardiac arrest.  For every minute without CPR and defibrillation a person’s chance of survival decreases by 10%. 

We want communities to help themselves by ensuring there is a defibrillator accessible in their community and that people know where it is and how to use it. 

We want people to get involved and encourage their schools and community groups to get together to take part in this competition.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
You can either create a short story (including a picture that you have drawn which includes a Welsh ambulance) or you can create a short film.

Instructions for entries:

Creating a short story with picture
• Your story should be no more than 500 words
• It can be written in the language your choice
• Your story should be accompanied with a picture that you have drawn that includes a Welsh ambulance
• It should show the need of a defibrillator

Creating a 2 minute film
• Your film should not be longer than 2 minutes
• It should show the value and need of a defibrillator
• Everyone appearing in a film has given consent to be in it and for it to be shared

Your submission should include a contact name, address, and telephone or email address along with where you feel the defibrillator should be located within your school or community. 

For schools who may already have a defibrillator on the premises you may want to consider housing it in a cabinet outside the school so that it is also available to people in your locality.

Closing date for entries is 23rd November 2018

Judging with take place 3rd December 2018 with the winner being announced on 7th December 2018.

The winning story/film will be used as part of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Defibuary Campaign that runs throughout February.
(Defibuary is annual campaign, hosted through social media, that encourages people to find out where their nearest defibrillator is, what it is and how to use it in a life-threatening emergency).

To submit your story and picture email PECI.team@wales.nhs.uk
To submit your film please upload it to either your Facebook page or YouTube and email us the link to view the film.

Any questions about the competition please contact:-

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
Tomos Hughes - PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) Support Officer
Tomos.Hughes@Wales.nhs.uk

Gerard Rothwell - PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) Officer
Gerard.Rothwell@Wales.nhs.uk


Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome SADS UK
Anne Jolly
John Jolly
Email: info@sadsuk.org


Achub Calon Y Dyffryn
Tomos Hughes
Tomos.conwyvalley@btinternet.com


26 Oct 2018 14:34




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