Cardiac arrest is the UK’s biggest killer leading to the deaths of 75,000 people every year. However early defibrillation boosts the chance of survival from just 3%, to over 75%.

“The facts speak for themselves” says East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight, “And this is why I am backing the efforts of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to get Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) into small villages and remote rural communities across East Yorkshire.

Thanks to new funding, communities now only need to raise an initial £700 to give them immediate access to a PAD, followed by a payment of £1000 after 2 years.

Sir Greg adds: “Strategic placement of these devices across East Yorkshire will definitely save lives by helping maximise heart attack survival rates. This cause should bring people together. A relatively modest amount of money which could be raised at events like community fetes, coffee mornings and pub quizzes can make a village ‘heartsafe’”.

Sir Greg is urging villages which do not yet have a defibrillator to contact Heart Safe Communities on 01423 545481 to learn more about this special subsidised offer.