Lurgashall defibrillator among wellbeing projects to receive funding

A Parish Council is one step closer to installing a community defibrillator after North Chichester County Local Committee approved an application for community initiative funding.

Lurgashall Parish Council has been provided with £750 towards the cost of renovating a phone box where the equipment and a protective cabinet will be housed.

Both of these are being donated by the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

The idea behind the scheme is for local people to provide immediate first aid treatment to someone who has suffered a heart attack before an ambulance arrives, which could potentially improve the chances of survival.

The application was one of four under the scheme to be approved by the CLC, which also approved 11 prevention and wellbeing grant applications.

Chairman Cllr Michael Brown said: “This is one of a great number of examples of local communities coming together to develop important projects in their area, which we have been able to fund.

“I hope Lurgashall Parish Council’s defibrillator will never have to be used, but in an emergency it could prove vital in saving someone’s life so I am pleased the committee felt able to support this project.”

The three other projects supported under the Community Initiative Fund are:

-Opera Unlimited, which was granted £1,000 towards the costs of staging local primary school workshops.

-Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative, which was granted £1,200 towards stage two works for the community garden.

-Lodsworth Croquet Club, which was granted £2,000 towards a new croquet lawn.

The 11 projects supported under the Prevention and Wellbeing Grant scheme are:

Time Aside, which received £2,500.

Fernhurst Choral Society, which received £750.

Heyshott Lunch Club, which received £500.

4SIGHT, which received £400.

The Alzheimer’s Society, which received £1,000 for its dementia café in Midhurst.

Chichester Area Mind, which received £1,168 towards a time bank.

Fernhurst Parish Lunch Club, which received £600

Lifecentre, which received £225

Cruse West Sussex Area, which received £55.

Petworth Lunch Club, which received £500

ASBAH, which received £300.