A LIFE-SAVING defibrillator has been installed outside the Ansa waste site in Cledford Lane.

The defibrillator has been located on the wall outside of the environmental hub, so it is accessible to members of the public as well as the Ansa team.

Tragically, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death, but with immediate treatment many lives can be saved.

On Wednesday, July 25, Ansa's deputy managing director Jane Thomason met SADS UK representative, Angela Morris and Middlewich SADS UK campaigner, Linda Boden, to raise awareness of the location of this new defibrillator and to discuss SADS UK and the fantastic work that the charity does.

Jane said: “We are aware of how critical these life-saving defibrillators are and that immediate access to equipment like this can make all the difference.

"We are proud to be able to share this with our community and we have placed it in a location that is accessible to our colleagues as well as members of the public."

SADS UK raises awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), which is a type of cardiac arrest, and funds research and medical equipment such as defibrillators.

Angela, north west SADS UK co-ordinator, added: “If the defibrillator is ever needed, anyone can call 999 and the emergency services will pass on a code that will open the locked case that it is stored in.

"The device will then talk the person through how to use it. It is easy to use and every member of the community will be able to do so if needed.

"SADS UK extends its thanks to Ansa Environmental Services for installing this vital piece of equipment on behalf of the community."

Linda’s son Andrew died of SADS aged just 26 in 2006.

Linda said: “I am so pleased we have another defibrillator for our town, it is fantastic that it is located where it is and that it can be accessed by the public.

"While we hope it is never needed, we are thankful that it is there if required."

The defibrillator is located on Cledford Lane at main entrance to the Environmental Hub.

For further information, visit sads.org.uk