With continued generous funding from one of our parishioners, we have been able to purchase a further three more Community Access Defibrillators with cabinets (in addition to the two already purchased) and have them installed along the coast road A183.

This extends the coverage from Whitburn Community Library, in East Street via Latimer’s Seafood at Shell Hill, along to The Bay Fish and Chip shop and restaurant near South Bents estate, then on to The Grand Hotel, Queen’s Parade in Seaburn and finally to Adventure Sunderland on Roker foreshore.

This funding has enabled Whitburn Parish Church extend its contribution to the local community as it has co-ordinated the planning, purchase, distribution and fixing of the cabinets and their contents. Each machine has a Guardian who will check its functioning on a weekly basis and then report back to NEAS each month.  We are fortunate that we have a co-ordinator from the church and volunteer Guardians who monitor each machine.  We are also grateful to NEXUS for printing AED signs on bus timetables in bus stops near to the location of each of our defibrillators.

So far, we have held one Defibrillator training event, delivered by the North East Ambulance Service at Latimer’s Seafood and attended by staff from Latimer’s and volunteers from Whitburn Library.

Further training events will be organised for people who work in establishments along the coast so that they are aware and are then trained in when and how to use these life-saving machines.

For more details and instructions on use, please download this pdf.