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Congregation rallies for defibrillator appeal after worshipper falls ill

St Hilary’s Church in Killay has been fitted with a new life-saving defibrillator after a fundraising appeal.

The appeal was sparked after a worshipper collapsed at a Sunday morning Eucharist.

Vicar Canon Phil Gwynn said: “Luckily there were two nurses in the congregation that day, who were able to bring him round. A call was made and the gentleman’s daughter came to take him home.

“It is just such a situation that can test the mettle of any churchwarden. That morning, and in the few days following, God spoke directly to vicar’s warden Mike Powell – ‘if only we had a defibrillator’ Mike told the vicar.”

An appeal was set up and within an amazing 35 days the congregation had contributed £1,133.

Churchwarden Mike Powell and the Cariad defibrillator

“Cash in hand, our intrepid warden approached the Welsh Cariad charity, Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Instruction Automated Defibrillators. In no time at all an ambulance technician from Cariad fitted the defibrillator in the entrance hallway at Killay Parish Centre, to the rear of St Hilary’s Church in Killay,” Canon Phil said.

“The box of tricks is located in a secure box and can be accessed by anyone in the hall or in the church – or outside in the wider community. Training sessions were set up to explain how this potentially lifesaving piece of kit works. There’s nothing to be anxious about, as the box speaks instructions to the user.”

Another member of St Hilary’s congregation is Nigel Fletcher, chairman of Killay Community Council. Following the church’s lead, KCC is now applying for funding to be able to purchase a number of the devices. It is their hope to have them dotted around the community in external locations.

If you would like to speak to Mike Powell about how the process works, go to the Killay website for his contact details.