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Cheltenham defib campaign installs 70th defibrillator

Cheltenham's not for profit community defibrillator campaign, Public Hearts, is celebrating its fifth anniversary and 70th defib installation.

The 70th defibrillator has just been installed at The Hatherley pub. As recently as four years ago, there were no public access defibrillators in the town. This time two years ago, there were just seven.

But over the last few years, Public Hearts has really put Cheltenham on the map for public access defibrillators, which are vital in the event of a cardiac arrest. The life changing and life-saving devices can be used for anybody by anybody in a medical emergency.

Run by Clare Seed, with key partners including Spirax Sarco, Evans Jones, Tidal and Bob Holt OBE, Public Hearts is a unique collaboration of community organisations, public and private sector businesses and charities. They all work together to give someone the best chance of survival through public access defibs.

Cheltenham's defibrillator locations range from CCP on the Lower High Street to The Brewery Quarter and The Quadrangle in the town centre and through high density residential areas in St Paul's, St Mark's, St Peter's, All Saints and Hester's Way.

Most recently, Public Hearts has completed a rollout of several defibs with the support of CIL Neighbourhood Funding, collaborating with Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Homes and community hubs.

There are also a number of defibrillators in Gloucester, Matson and Brimscombe.

To find out more and get involved, visit Public Hearts' free Defib Hub, where you can register your defibrillator with the national defibrillator network. This links a network of defibrillators to every ambulance service in the UK and also DefibFinder, which will locate the 10 nearest defibs in an non-emergency scenario to a postcode or geotagged location anywhere throughout the UK.

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