Thanks to the generosity of a cardiac arrest survivor, Theatre Royal Plymouth will now have its own defibrillator. Local man Alan Davies collapsed in cardiac arrest while shopping with his wife Glenda in Plymouth city centre back in December 2013. Alan was saved after a member of the public carried out CPR almost immediately after his collapse before an ambulance crew arrived promptly on scene and continued his treatment before he was taken to hospital.
Alan got in touch with the ambulance service after seeing an article published in the local paper about the importance of defibrillators. His extremely generous donation means that there is another available for local residents in the area and Theatre goers alike.
The device will be accessible to all and based in the public Box Office area of the Theatre and a familiarisation session provided for staff.
Justin Sharples, Assistant Responder Officer for South Western Ambulance Service said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to sincerely thank Alan for his generosity, which means that another defibrillator is available for visitors to, and residents of, the city. Administering early CPR when someone is in cardiac arrest really can make the difference between life and death, and these devices can-and-do save lives. Anyone who wishes to find out more about the installation of a defibrillator at their place of work or within their local community is encouraged to contact us.”
Alan Davies is delighted that his donation has resulted in such a significant development and said: “We are very much looking forward to the official handover of this defibrillator. Thanks to early intervention my life was saved and as a result I have seen my grandchildren graduate and the birth of my great grandson. I am pleased to be in a position to help others and raise awareness of how important it is that people have the knowledge and confidence to help save lives if the need arises.”
Hannah Gow, the House Manager from the Theatre Royal Plymouth commented: “We are so excited to be getting a defibrillator here at Theatre Royal Plymouth and cannot thank Mr Davies and South Western Ambulance Service enough for their generosity. Having the defibrillator will give all of our patrons and staff peace of mind, knowing it is on site if we ever need it. Our fantastic team of first aiders, made up of staff from all departments, will be the first ones trained how to use it.”