Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Villagers in Alconbury will be safer after they were presented with a defibrillator in memory of local man Glyn Faulkner who died at the age of 28.

The automated external defibrillator (AED) was donated by the Arrhythmia Alliance as part of its Hearts and Goals campaign fronted by former footballer Patrice Muamba who nearly died after he collapsed on the pitch last year after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Glyn’s Fund, set up in tribute to Mr Faulkner who died in 2009, raised money for a secure cabinet to store the device at Alconbury Sports and Social Club.

Trustee Brenda Forster, an arrhythmia nurse, said the entire community would benefit.

Many of the villagers were in the social club watching in stunned silence the events on the football pitch in March 2012 when Fabrice Muamba collapsed. We felt an AED was something very important as many people use our sports facility and we wanted the entire community to benefit from this life-saving device. That is what Glyn’s Fund is all about.

It is great to know that we have been able to protect residents in the villages thanks to this donation from Arrhythmia Alliance and Glyn’s Fund.  We wanted to ensure the device was available to the whole community so we have raised enough funds for a purpose-made cabinet to house the device securely as part of the campaign.

Hearts and Goals was launched by the Arrhythmia Alliance to tackle cardiac arrests and has been installing defibrillators, which shock a heart back to a normal rhythm, in communities across the country.