Petition aims to put a life-saving defibrillator in Maryon Park

Defibrillator petition

Charlton Champion reader Jon Kingsbury has been in touch about a petition he’s launched to get a defibrillator installed in Maryon Park.

He says:

It’s wonderful that the park is home to communities from all across the area who play sports throughout the year. Football, tennis and, during the Summer, the park hosts a number of school sports days.

Installing a defibrillator by the public toilets in the park would provide people with the means to save a life should someone have a cardiac arrest. Waiting for an ambulance to arrive may be too late.

Councils across the UK are beginning to install these life-saving devices, which can be unlocked and used after a 999 call. They are designed to be used by members of the public and cannot give a pulse to someone who doesn’t need it.

We want our local park to be as safe as possible for our communities and families. Please join our campaign.

Here’s a video from London Ambulance Service which explains how they work.

It seems like a good use for some of the ward budget money (in this case, Woolwich Riverside ward) that Greenwich Council started to make available last year. You can sign the petition here – and it’s something to think about for the area’s other parks, too.

3 thoughts on “Petition aims to put a life-saving defibrillator in Maryon Park

  1. johngreigmidlane September 27, 2016 / 09:42

    It would be nice if there were a cafe in Maryon Park or in neighbouring Maryon Wilson Park, but to date neither have that facility. As you suggest ward budgets might be of help in getting better facilities in these parks.

  2. Chris September 28, 2016 / 11:26

    The defib suggestion is great on paper but the cynic in me feels an isolated unit will be the target of vandalism very quickly. In New York every café/bar has a defib which would probably be a better route to follow here, the limitation being of course that a unit is only available for a limited time during the day.

  3. Darryl September 28, 2016 / 15:02

    Other places have defibs in old phone boxes, although there doesn’t seem to be a single register of them that’s available to the public (or maybe there just aren’t very many around here) so it’s hard to find other examples. But it seems like a no-brainer if you’ve got sport facilities in a park to have one handy.

    An early version of this post mentioned a cafe in Maryon Park – apologies, this is what happens when you write with a head full of cold… a cafe would be fantastic down there, though. And surely this is a no-brainer to get out of developer money when Morris Walk Estate is knocked down and rebuilt. Isn’t it?

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