Project information

AEDs in the community

We want to ensure that every event covered by our volunteers is attended with an AED. This will help our specially trained volunteers continue their life-saving work at community events. Together we can save lives.

February 2014 - March 2015

Charity information

St Andrew's First Aid

St Andrew's First Aid logo
  • Need


    If someone at such an event suffers Cardiac Arrest it is vital that CPR commences as soon as possible and essential that they receive defibrillation whilst awaiting the arrival of the Emergency Services.
    Currently there are simply not enough AEDs available to be dispatched with volunteers within the Scottish Community. Both we and our volunteers are continually fundraising for AEDs as we understand how important this essential piece of life-saving equipment is.


    Having access to an AED means that should the worst occur and someone suffers Cardiac Arrest then they will have the best chance of survival. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation following Cardiac Arrest, the casualty’s chances of survival drop by 10%. Less than 10% of the 30,000 people who suffer Cardiac Arrest outside of hospital survive long enough to be discharged . Prompt CPR and defibrillation can literally mean the difference life and death.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To equip our volunteer groups throughout Scotland with AEDs.


    » Our groups all over Scotland are fundraising in different ways for this essential piece of kit through ceilidhs, can collections and race nights.
    » We are actively fundraising both online and offline for this project.

    Our volunteers will be equipped with life-saving equipment in the community.

  • Impact


    The chances of survival decrease by 7-10% for every minute that the casualty goes without defibrillation in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Access to an AED can literally be the difference between life and death.

    In the case of a First Aid emergency, our volunteers are normally the first on the scene to administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which keeps the heart oxygenated and ready for defibrillation. With access to an AED they can potentially save the casualty's life.


    Our volunteers are fully trained to use AEDs in the community.


    For every AED we purchase we will publicise on our website, and acknowledge through facebook and twitter. We will provide case studies of people who have used their First Aid skills in emergency situations and monitor the AED over its lifetime in order to ascertain the difference it has made.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £69,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £69,000 AEDs Purchasing 69 AEDs - one for every Corps Company associated with St Andrew's First Aid.
  • Background


    We would like to place AEDs with each of our First Aid volunteer groups which are based throughout the whole of Scotland.


    By supporting this project you can be sure that you are helping give people in the communities of Scotland the best possible chance of survival in a First Aid emergency.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In a crisis it’s vital that first aid is delivered with confidence. St Andrew's First Aid is Scotland’s leading first aid charity. We have 69 volunteering groups, or Corps Companies, throughout Scotland. Each group meets regularly to learn more about First Aid and keep their skills up to date. We are looking to purchase an additional AED and training AED for each First Aid group to ensure that every First Aider is trained to the highest standards possible and equipped to save lives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lynsey Neilson

    Lynsey will control this project and ensure the AEDs are distributed to our Corps Companies.

One of our volunteers with an AED

One of our volunteers with an AED