Defibrillator project

HeartSWell provides defibrillators across Devon and Cornwall to communities who need them.

A defibrillator is a machine which restarts the heart in the event of a cardiac arrest.  If used correctly, they save lives, especially rural areas where emergency service response times can be longer.

Our first defibrillator was donated in 2014 to the Elfordleigh Hotel and Golf Club.   Since then we have donated over 70 defibrillators to church halls, Masonic lodges, businesses, sports and fitness clubs and schools.

We provide training to staff, club members, churchwardens, teachers and pupils so that as many people as possible are confident in using the equipment and have increased knowledge of first aid, especially in recognising the early signs of a heart attack.

We delivered training to 1,077 people between 2014 and March 2017.

Each defibrillator costs £1,500 and we are fortunate that the programme (including the specialist training on how to use the equipment) is run entirely by volunteers which keep the overheads to a minimum.

If you would like a defibrillator for your community group, business, church or school, please call Rachel on 01752 315929.  She will then arrange a visit from our project co-ordinator before setting up a date for training and installation.

  • We ask that community, public sector and not for profit groups raise a minimum of £500 in advance of receiving a defibrillator
  • Companies are required to fund the full amount of £1,500 upfront
  • There is no minimum donation for schools and charities

Once your defibrillator is installed, we ask that all groups undertake fundraising activities to at least match or exceed the cost of their defibrillator.  This is so that we can continue to provide defibrillators to those who need them most, regardless of their ability to fundraise.