Valentine's gift for Jersey
Valentine's Day will see many people giving their hearts to
others. St John Ambulance Jersey will be doing their own bit
to keep hearts safe by issuing its 70th defibrillator (heart start
machine) on the island.
Since the start of their defibrillator programme,
launched by Kyran Bracken in 2001, St John
Ambulance have now trained and distributed 70 machines in offices,
shops, hotels, fitness centres and other locations across
'It seems like only yesterday that we announced our 50th machine
being issued to the Jersey Evening Post,' said Bailiwick Director,
'But that was February 2007, and it shows the concern of many
organisations for their customers and staff that our goal of
ensuring prompt access to a defibrillator to anyone who needs it is
The use of defibrillators on the Island has already saved lives, we could not think a more appropriate gift to give on Valentine’s day.
The Breakfast clubs in Jersey certainly have recognised the
necessity of these machines; 'Following an explanation of the
concept by St John Ambulance to members of all the breakfast clubs
that meet at the Pomme D’Or Hotel, it was felt that we should show
positive support by purchasing a defibrillator that could be based
at the hotel,' said Rob Bryans who helps run the 747 club.
'All members contributed for the purchase of this machine and
the Seymour Group who own the Pomme D’Or, agreed to let some of
their staff members be trained in its operation.'
He continued: 'We have been made aware the importance of those
first 10 minutes when a heart attack happens and the use of
defibrillators on the island has already saved lives, we could not
think a more appropriate gift to give on Valentine’s day.'
Nigel Truscott concluded: 'Although Jersey may have reasonable
access to defibrillators many countries have more, and we hope more
people and organisations follow the example of the Breakfast clubs
and contact us to see how they can add to the network that is
growing across the island.'