Campaign to install lifesaving defibrillators in every church

We spoke to Naida Thompson about her family’s campaign to highlight the importance of installing defibrillators in as many public buildings as possible, including churches.

In January Naida’s father, Roy Cartwright, passed away suddenly aged 76 following a cardiac arrest. Nadia, along with her Mum Dot and brother Alan Cartwright asked for donations instead of flowers at Roy’s funeral. The money from this topped up with other fundraising events managed to buy two defibrillators for Roy and Dot’s church, St Philemon’s, Toxteth.

“It was important for us as a family to do something positive with the money donated at Dad’s funeral.” Naida said. “The defibrillator now at the back of the church bares his name and is as visible as flowers are but longer lasting and crucially could save someone’s life."

Defibrillators are life saving devices that are the only effective treatment for a person who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest combined with CPR. They cost £1,000 and this includes training for two people to use effectively.

Naida continues “We think every church should have one. We would like to inspire people from other parishes to think about fundraising for your own defibrillator. The battery life is for 8 years and the training is really simple.”

The family’s personal campaign has gone from strength to strength over the last 6 months. They have organised various fundraising events and have managed to buy an incredible 10 defibrillators in total. These have been given to St Michael in the Hamlet church and church hall,  All Saints Childwall church and church hall, St Hilda’s school, St John’s Youth Club, Archbishop Blanch school, Royal British Legion club, Rose Lane and Maranto’s restaurant, Lark Lane. All of which have family links.

For further information about how to go about getting a defibrillator for your church, you are welcome to email Naida Thompson for advice and contacts naidat@blueyonder.co.uk

Photo: From left to right Alan Cartwright, Dot Cartwright and Naida Thompson at St Philemon's church.