Two publicly-accessible defibrillators will soon be available in the Mash Barn a…

Two publicly-accessible defibrillators will soon be available in the Mash Barn area of Lancing as part of the community appeal launched by former Chairman of Adur District Council Joss Loader.

Funds were raised by Cllr Lee Cowen through crowd-funding, plus a raffle at The Co-op’s North Road store, and was match funded The Sussex Heart Charity.

The first has already been installed by Adur District Council outside its sheltered housing complex at Shadwells Court in Shadwells Road. This is now available 24/7 and can be accessed by all.

A second machine will be installed shortly in Lisher Road.

Cllr Cowen said: “The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest using a defibrillator is close to 90% if used within the first minute, so having a unit close by is important. Mash Barn estate now has 24/7 accessibility to a defibrillator machine.

"You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use it. I’d like to thank the former chair of ADC, Cllr Joss Loader, for her appeal and all those who donated to help raise the funds.”

The latest installation means that 15 AEDS have now been funded through Joss’s appeal, which she started in her role as Chair of Shoreham Beach Residents' Association.

Of these, three are on Shoreham Beach, two are in Shoreham town centre, four are south of the A27 in Lancing, two are in North Lancing and one in Fishersgate.

Defibrillators have also been secured for further publicly accessible sites in Lancing, Southwick and Shoreham and will be installed soon.

Cllr Loader said: “I am absolutely delighted that Lee has given such brilliant support to my appeal and funded two machines for his area in record time. Very special thanks to everyone at the Co-op and the public who bought raffle tickets. I am also indebted to the Sussex Heart Charity who match-funded all donations as part of my appeal.”