Defibrillator donated to park following death of former council worker | Oldham Council
Defib in Alex Park Published: Tuesday, 29th November 2022

The family of a former council worker who died after suffering a cardiac arrest have donated a defibrillator for use in Alexandra Park.

Steven Chambers, who worked for Environmental Services, was visiting his brother in Crete in 2021 when he suffered the fatal attack.

Sadly, there was no defibrillator available in the location where he was at the time. 

If one had been available, it may have helped him to survive.

As a tribute to Steven, his family and friends have raised funds to buy two defibs to be used by the community in Crete.

Steven’s mum Jean Chambers, who lives in Royton also wanted to donate a defib that could be used in Oldham – potentially helping to save lives.

Following a discussion with staff from the charity Life for a Life - Mrs Chambers has planted an English Oak memorial tree in Steven’s name in Tandle Hill Country Park – they advised that Alexandra Park was the right location for the life-saving equipment.

A portable defib was thought to be the best idea. It can easily be added to the First Aid pack for events while also being available if needed throughout the park at other times.

It will be stored in the offices at the park when not in use.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “This is an amazing gesture from Steven’s family and friends, and we cannot thank them enough.

“Alexandra Park is one of our most popular destinations and is visited by thousands of people every year.

“Our staff work to make the park an enjoyable and safe place for everyone to spend time in - having access to a defibrillator is just another way we can support visitors.

“Hopefully the defib will never be needed but it’s vital people know it’s there just in case.”

Mrs Chambers added: “Sadly a cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time.

“CPR and defibrillation can increase a person’s chance of surviving.

“Sadly, Steven didn’t get that chance but hopefully someone may do in the future.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported and donated money. We’re grateful for everyone’s kindness and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

You can find any defibrillator registered near where you are at any time by visiting Defib finder

If someone calls 999 due to a cardiac arrest situation the control room will give directions on how to access and use the defibrillator over the phone.

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