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Royal Star & Garter Homes helps local community

15 April 2019

Being a major part of the local community, The Royal Star & Garter Homes has been helping clean up a local stream and also helping save lives by purchasing a defibrillator for community use. 

Charity staff and volunteers join forces to clean up Hughenden Stream

Staff at The Royal Star & Garter Home in High Wycombe have helped clean up a stretch of the Hughenden Stream as part of a community project.

They donned wellies to pick out bottles, crisp packets, cigarette ends and other rubbish from the part of the stream running behind the new care home, which will welcome its first residents this month (April).

The clean-up on Monday April 8 was part of the Chiltern Rangers and Thames Water River Wye Restoration Project, designed to return the several parts of the waterway to a condition which can be enjoyed by people and wildlife.

The Charity, which cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia, looks after the stretch of stream running adjacent to the Home.

Also taking part in the community clean-up were Chiltern Rangers volunteers, Hughenden Garden Village residents and Bucks New University. Together, 45 people filled up a skip full of rubbish. The Spindle & Thread pub provided free refreshments for all those taking part.

Home manager Chelle Daly said: “It was great to work with Chiltern Rangers and our neighbours to tidy up this beautiful stretch of water, for our residents and the whole community to enjoy.

Chiltern Rangers’ mission is to enhance local habitats through conservation, education and community engagement. Paul Stack, Education and Community Engagement Manager at Chiltern Rangers, said: “It was a hugely successful community event. It was great to see everybody joining in and working together. This is only the start, we have more to do!”

Staff at The Royal Star & Garter Homes also worked with Chiltern Rangers and 60 school pupils to clean up a part of Hughenden Stream in 2016.

New defibrillator available to Surbiton community following purchase by The Royal Star & Garter Homes

A lifesaving defibrillator has been fitted outside The Royal Star & Garter Home in Surbiton.

The device, which delivers an electric current to restart the heart when someone is in cardiac arrest, has been placed in a prominent position by the main entrance of the care home, and is available for the community to use.

It can be seen from the busy Upper Brighton Road and bus stop near the junction with Langley Road, and has also been registered with the London Ambulance Service (LAS), meaning staff at the Home will be notified if someone nearby has collapsed.

The device is designed to be used by someone with no medical training, with an in-built speaker giving simple step-by-step instructions to operate.

It cost £850 and was purchased by the Charity following two incidents where members of the public collapsed on the road close to the Home.

On one occasion last year, Trainee Nurse Associate and Clinical IT Lead Michelle Nicholls, who works at Claremont Medical Centre in Surbiton, saved the life of a collapsed cyclist by administering CPR and mouth-to-mouth before paramedics arrived.

Michelle, who went on to work on a Trainee Nursing Associate placement at The Royal Star & Garter Homes in December last year, said: “I’m very happy that there’s a defibrillator here. It’s good news for the whole community. Anybody can use it and it could save someone’s life.”

Registration of the machine with the LAS means The Royal Star & Garter Homes will be notified if a 999 call for a cardiac arrest is made within 100 metres of the Home.

The Charity is alerting community organisations including schools, Scouts and churches of the defibrillator.

Pauline Shaw, the Charity’s Director of Care, said: “Defibrillators save lives, so we’re delighted to make this invaluable purchase. We’re now letting the community know it’s here so that if it’s ever needed, people can come here for help.”

Chris Hartley Sharpe, London Ambulance Service Head of First Responders said: “Public access defibrillators are safe and simple to use and give people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the community a chance of life. Every second counts in a cardiac arrest. It is vital the patient receives immediate life-saving attention in the form of chest compressions and early defibrillation. We applaud The Royal Star & Garter Home in Surbiton for purchasing a defibrillator and registering it with us and also for ensuring the local community have access.”

Tim Harrison, editor of the free Surbiton community newspaper The Good Life, said: "This is fantastic news. The area is starting to build a vital network of defibrillators in key locations and it is great that The Royal Star & Garter Home is playing such a key part in this."

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