Local company unveils new defibrillator

Councillors for Rassau, Gareth Davies and David Wilkshire, were delighted to be in attendance for the launch of a new defibrillator at Rassau Industrial Estate today.

The defibrillator, which is available for public use, has been sourced by the company, HR Dept, South East Wales, and will be located on the outside of their building at Access 465 on the estate.

The company wanted to do something after one of its employee’s daughters suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in her sleep and was only saved due to CPR from her quick-thinking husband and a defibrillator used by paramedics. Lydia Miller’s daughter Leah later went on to be diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, and the company has since worked to raise awareness of the condition.

A fast response to a cardiac arrest and access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death.

Pictured are Councillors David Wilksire & Gareth Davies; Managing Director Lee Monroe and Lydia Miller.

The defibrillator was donated by Kier Construction who have a site in Tredegar, whilst the cabinet was bought with money raised on a Just giving page. QCF Construction who are also based in the building fitted the cabinet and the owner of the building, Ashley Reed of Solliden, paid for the installation. Any money left over has been donated to the SADS UK charity (Sudden Arrhythmic Death).

Pictured are Councillors David Wilksire & Gareth Davies; Managing Director Lee Monroe and Lydia Miller and Stuart Jones and Jessica O'Donnell of Kier Construction Ltd.

Councillors Davies and Wilkshire said:

“What Lydia and her family have been through is horrendous. It’s truly humbling that they have used their experience to work to help others and potentially save lives, with some wonderful support from Lydia’s employer and colleagues. This is brilliant – well done to all involved.”

Find out about administering CPR at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/first-aid/cpr/