QUAD have successfully raised £1,200 for a public access defibrillator to go outside the building on Derby’s Market Place. The £1,200 raised from a crowdfunding callout is match-funded by a grant from the British Heart Foundation. The defibrillator will be accessible to the public seven days a week and aims to help make Derby a safer place to live, work and visit.

Approximately 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur every year in the UK and can happen to anyone at any age. In cases of cardiac arrest, a defibrillator needs to be with a patient within 2 to 3 minutes to give the best chance of survival.

Adam Buss, CEO of QUAD said

We have always endeavoured to be at the heart of the community in Derby and so were very pleased when we were able to secure funding from the British Heart Foundation and subsequently from our crowdfunding campaign to install a defibrillator outside QUAD. The opportunity to have a potentially life-saving device available in a high footfall area of the city was too important to miss.”

The Cathedral Quarter BID group made a contribution to the fundraising of over £500. Martin Langsdale, Chair of Cathedral Quarter BID commented:

“The Cathedral Quarter BID has been investigating the viability for installing defibrillators as part of our objective to improve the safety and wellbeing of people who live, work and visit the Cathedral Quarter. We were delighted to hear of QUAD’s initiative and as such have agreed to contribute to their Crowd Funding appeal. It will hopefully be the first of a number of strategically placed devices which when used can mean the difference between life and death.”

The defibrillator will be installed in the New Year. For more information, please visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/defibrillator-at-derby-quad#start