Kingspan Insulation donates to life-saving AED community project

6 October 2017 Kingspan Group

Kingspan Insulation warmed the hearts of locals in the small, rural Dutch town of Winterswijk with a donation of €2,500 to the Hart4Winterswijk campaign.

Kingspan has a number of facilities located in the Netherlands. Winterswijk is home to one of Kingspan Insulation’s manufacturing plants. On behalf of Kingspan Insulation, Business Development Manager, David Braam, handed over the cheque. €2,500 is enough to cover the cost of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) for the town and its maintenance for the next 10 years.
“Kingspan Insulation is closely involved in Winterswijk and its surroundings. We hope to make a positive contribution with our donation. Every chance of survival that can be increased is worth it,” commented David Braam.

Thanks to sponsorship contributions like Kingspan Insulation’s, we can make our goals come true.

The Hart4Winterswijk campaign was founded in 2016 by a local man named Johan Esendam. Mr. Esendam suffered a cardiac arrest in November 2015 and was rescued by a fellow civilian with the use of an AED. This prompted him to take action and form the group consisting of a board of five members, all of whom are citizens of Winterswijk.

“After my own experience, I started Hart4Winterswijk with a team of people. In November 2016, the foundation was established and we have already realised six AEDs. Thanks to sponsorship contributions like Kingspan Insulation’s, we can make our goals come true,” said Mr Esendam.

Ilse Smit, a member of Kingspan Insulation’s marketing team, said she knew straight away that this was a cause that Kingspan Insulation could get behind 100%. “The sponsor request of Hart4Winterswijk came in recently and the need for sufficient AEDs in Winterswijk was soon clear. Having an AED within your reach can save lives,” she said.
Currently, there are over 20 functioning AED’s in Winterswijk. Having an AED on-hand is extremely beneficial for any business or community. According to the American Heart Association, using an AED immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can increase survival rates by up to 90%. For every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by between 7 and 10%.

AEDs are compact, lightweight and easy to use. They come with clear audio and visual instructions, which allow for safe use by civilians. One of the great, innovative features of modern AEDs is that they can also determine if a person needs defibrillation before they kick into action.
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