Lord Mayor of the City of london Hands over first Defribillator from Lord Mayor's Appeal

Monday, 20 July, 2009

On Friday 17th July 2009, the Lord Mayor of the City of London marked a very special occasion when handed over the first defibrillator provided by his Lord Mayor's Appeal to the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales's) District is one of the principal beneficiaries of this year's Appeal. Funds they receive from money raised through The Lord Mayor's Appeal will be used to place over 1,000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across the City of London, Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf, together with essential training and support to help give immediate aid to and save the lives of victims of cardiac arrest.

Every year, 6,000 Londoners die from cardiac arrest before they even reach hospital. Defibrillation can diagnose and quickly re-establish heart rhythm, but only if applied within three minutes of cardiac arrest.

While research tells us that there is currently just one AED for every 17,500 Londoners, this occasion marks the beginning of the Appeal's aim to create a legacy of healthy hearts for Londoners and decrease fatal incidents of heart attacks in the City.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Ian Luder, presented the first defibrillator to Robin Fieth, Executive Director, Finance and Operations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants at 8.15am on Friday.

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