Our mission to place defibrillators in your community

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) have partnered with Heartsafe to launch an all in one lifesaving automated external defibrillator (AED) package.

The collaboration means it's easy for you to place a defibrillator on your building or in your street. So if someone suffers a cardiac arrest nearby, your AED could save their life.

The package is perfect for you and your community because it includes:

  • Training for you and your members
  • Support with ongoing maintenance
  • As much help as you need to fundraise the amount needed to pay for it

You have the option to buy the package outright, fundraise towards the total, or a combination of the two to make it as easy as possible to get an AED into your community.


Why get an automated external defibrillator (AED)?

Every year in the UK 30,000 people suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes, a person's chance of survival goes down by 10%.

Sadly, only 1 in 10 survive. 

An AED is an easy-to-use medical device that can deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It is an essential part in trying to save their life. CPR should be done until a defibrillator reaches the person.

Right now, only 40% of people receive early CPR and fewer than 2% have a defibrillator used prior to the ambulance arriving. The availability of AEDs and the knowledge of how to use them is inadequate.

We simply need more defibrillators in our communities.

By placing an AED in your building or street you are increasing the chance of survival for someone suffering a cardiac arrest nearby, by up to 70%. You will help to play a part in ensuring more lives are saved. Lives like those of Steve, Trevor and Chris


Together, we can save lives

We want anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest to receive immediate CPR and defibrillation within 5 minutes. As a result of this, and other clinical care, there will be fewer avoidable and needless deaths in our communities.

Our crew brought early advanced care to over 500 people suffering a cardiac arrest in 2022, representing 28% of our incidents for that year.

Despite the extraordinary level of medical skill our crew bring to the scene, it's what happens prior to our arrival that can save a life.

By placing an AED in your local community, you can strengthen the links in the chain of survival for someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest nearby.

What is included in our lifesaving AED package?

For £2,245 your members and your community will benefit from:

  • A British made Heartsine 500P AED  – our preferred AED for inexperienced users that will deliver shocks automatically and includes a 10 year warranty    
  • A high quality stainless steel, heated, and branded external cabinet ensuring this public access AED is stored safely for when it is needed. The charity branding is highly visible to increase awareness of its presence and ensure it is recognisable as a clinical device     
  • Training – through our partners and our Great Western Heartstarters CPR training project, we will ensure you and your community are confident in delivering CPR and how to use an AED. We will also provide you with an online training course and resources
  • Registration – we will help you register your AED with the local ambulance trust and through The Circuit
  • Insurance and ease ­– GWAAC will insure the asset against public liability claims and help you order everything you need so that we can focus on…
  • ..a good news story – you’re doing something amazing for your local community and we want to help you shout about it. Through press releases, blog articles, and your launch day, we’ll help with resources and provide a speaker to demonstrate the impact your support will have
  • Understanding your impact – this is an AED for life. You will join Great Western Public Hearts and as a part of this community we will periodically update you on the difference your support is making
  • Fundraising resources – we will support you with branded collection tins, assist in the creation of an online fundraising page, provide posters, leaflets, volunteers and event advice to ensure you can hit your fundraising target. When you display your AED, your community will be rightly proud of it and continue to support the £50 a year fundraising target to ensure pads/batteries are replaced when they expire

You will also be supporting your local lifesaving air ambulance charity, enabling our crew to provide the next layer of care that the person suffering a cardiac arrest needs. Together, we can do more.

Contact us at: hearts@gwaac.com
or on: 0303 4444 999

and we can guide you through the process.