Great Western Park Residents’ Association

Community Defibrillator Project


Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United Kingdom, accounting for an estimated 100,000 deaths each year. Early access to a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival by around 7-10% per minute saved.

The intention of the project is to provide all Residents living on Great Western Park, Didcot with good access to an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), in the event they experience a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

The aim is to accompany this with a Community training programme, to instruct on the operation of the AEDs and also improve awareness of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques.

This will be achieved by raising funds to acquire three Community Defibrillators, that will be placed strategically across GWP, to maximise the benefits to Residents and visitors alike.

A total of £1775 inc. VAT initial capital cost is being sought for each installation phase, with £55 inc. VAT per year per unit running cost. This would include all the signage, community training packages, the SCAS approved Defibrillator and 24/7 Public access cabinet.

The full Business case can be found here: Community Defibrillator Project BC.


As of 08/06/2017, we have raised £1990.60 towards the Community Defibrillator Project, this is now reaches the target for Phase 1, Boundary Park! Thanks to assistance from Taylor Wimpey and the Boundary Park Sports Association, we have now installed Phase 1 at the Boundary Park Pavilion.

If you are able to assist with either ideas or financial support, then please contact

❤ A collection tin is available in the local convenience store, Best-One. £119.49 has been raised through this so far and this is regularly being filled up, thanks to the contributions from generous shoppers.
❤ There is also a collection tin at the Bar of Boundary Park Pavilion this has raised £44.96 so far.
❤ Following the GWPRA Christmas Event 2016, £721.15 was raised. This was with very generous assistance from local businesses, in particular the lead developer Taylor Wimpey.
❤ Another donation of £25 was received from the webmaster.
❤ Kind donation of £500 made by Bellway Homes Limited.
❤ Didcot Rugby Club have very kindly obtained a grant of £250 through Oxfordshire Rugby Football Union.
❤ David Slingo, former GWPRA Chair and his partner Julia, have generously donated £180.
❤ A donation of £150 was very kindly provided by SOHA Housing.

Save a Life

The South Central Ambulance Service are running the Safe a life campaign, putting people in touch with their nearest AED, using a mobile phone app and supporting the introduction of Community Defibrillators. Please visit this to download the app and find out more about CPR.

Progress and Training

The Phase 1 and Phase 2 Defibrillators have now been installed and the first community training sessions in on Friday 1st December 2017. In the future there will be further training and an official opening ceremony. In the mean time you can familiarise yourselves with the operation at the manufacturers website.