According to the British Heart Foundation’s website, after a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10%. It is against this background that The Miller Centre in Caterham took the decision to install a defibrillator into their Godstone Road premises and to commence training members in CPR techniques. The equipment location has now been registered so that in the event of a suspected Cardiac Arrest a 999 call operator can quickly advise a caller of the nearest device.

On Wednesday 22nd November during the interval of the dress rehearsal for the Miller Centre’s latest production “The Ladykillers”, the equipment was presented to the Centre by Heart Plus UK, the suppliers; and ourselves and Caterham Harestone Rotary and the Miller Centre Table Tennis Club who jointly funded the project.

We are delighted to have been able to support this initiative which will provide vital medical support for those visiting the Miller Centre as well as being available for the local community should the need arise.”

Steve Bishop, one of the Trustees of The Miller Centre Theatre Company commented:  Every month about 3,000 people visit The Miller Centre, either attending a theatrical production or one of our many daytime leisure activities. Whilst we hope no one suffers a cardiac arrest, if someone does we are now well placed to improve their chances of survival.

Miller Centre

The picture shows (L to R): Sebastian Mann – MD of Heart Plus UK, Graham Woodcock –President of Caterham Harestone Rotary Club, Peter Lyons – Immediate Past President of Caterham Rotary Club, Mike Millsted – Chairman of The Miller Centre Theatre Company. Looking on, providing extra security for the new device, are two of “The Ladykillers” cast, “Mr Lawson” and Luis (played by Michael Hall and Russ Gregory respectively)