The Falmouth store are looking out for local people by installing a defibrillator on the Prince of Wales Pier.


The staff fundraised throughout 2014 in various ways to raise the £1,250 needed to install the defibrillator. The store organised bake sales, fun days and general fundraising efforts to reach their target.

Paul McGrane, store director of Specsavers in Falmouth said: ‘We have put a great deal of effort into fundraising for the defibrillator as we wanted to give something back to the community.

The support from staff members and our customers has been amazing and we would like to thank everyone for their support. Many times, particularly in the summer months the town is closed to traffic and we thought that having a defibrillator available may save a life.

Heartstart training

Nick Turelo, store manager of Specsavers in Falmouth said: ‘Towards the end of 2014 a few staff members undertook Heartstart training at the Falmouth fire station. This enabled staff to learn how to use the equipment in an emergency and has provided them with the confidence to respond if there was to be an emergency.’

According to the charity Community Heartbeat Trust, a publicly accessible defibrillator could increase the chances of survival significantly. Following a cardiac arrest the chance of survival decreases by 23 per cent per minute and therefore it is vital that medical treatment starts as soon as possible.

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