Higham Parish Council team up with Helping Hands

HELPING HANDS – HIGHAM VILLAGE

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SELF ISOLATING?

Higham Parish Council  has joined forces with the Helping Hands Facebook group which has been set up in the neighbouring villages of Cliffe, Cliffe Woods and Wainscott to ensure all those in Higham receive any assistance that they need.

Assistance given may include:-

  •   Picking up shopping
  •   Posting mail
  •   Getting urgent supplies
  •   A friendly phone call

If you are able to help , or you need help, please contact the Parish Clerk by email on highampc@hotmail.com or by telephone on 01474  822642 (email is preferred). Higham Parish Council will use the bank of volunteers to ensure those who are unable to go out receive the support that they need.

If you are able to offer your help you will be asked to select a road in the village and fill in copies of the Helping Hands slips (shown below) with your contact name and a number for the self-isolating person to contact you, before posting through the front doors.

IMPORTANT Please be aware that people may be targeted by criminals who seek to take advantage of those who are in self-isolation. Please only deal with people that you know, or who have been arranged via Higham Parish Council.

For more information please contact:-

Linda Carnall

Clerk to Higham Parish Council

01474  822642 / highampc@hotmail.com

 

Higham’s Defibrillators – January 2020 Update

Back in October 2018, Higham residents were able to learn about the Defibrillator equipment that has been installed at the recreation ground in the village by Higham Parish Council.

Awareness sessions were organised to demonstrate the defibrillator in late 2018 when our first machine was installed on the recreation ground in School Lane. Residents were invited to “have a go” using the training equipment. These sessions were part of the ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign – a designated annual day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible – visit the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK) for more details:

Resuscitation Council (UK)

So far, around 200 people resident in and around Higham have been shown how to use a defibrillator and the Parish Council are hoping to get involved in this campaign again in 2020. More details on the 2018 campaign can be found here:

Restart a Heart Day 2018


Update January 2020

Currently (January 2020) our defibrilator is located on the recreation ground and is accessible 24/7. A further two defibrilators have now been purchased with the help of money from Higham Parish Council and fundraising initiatives by local groups. Locations for our two new machines and installation details are still being finalised, but rest assured, they will be up and running shortly.

Keep checking our news section for announcements.


Fact File
  • When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by at least 7 – 10%.

  • Although Higham is a village with a large older population, defibrillators help save the lives of people of all ages; 12 -15 young people die from heart related causes each week.

  • Having equipment in easily accessible locations in local communities helps save lives.

  • There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. Chances of survival increase significantly with early access to CPR and defibrillation.