The new debrillator donated by Penarth garage proprietor Bernard Cody is handed over by Sharon Owen of the Welsh Hearts charity to Wendy Gilligan manager of Lloyds Bank Penarth Branch

The new orange defibrillator donated by Penarth garage proprietor Bernard Cody (centre) is handed over by Sharon Owen Welsh Hearts charity (left) to Wendy Gilligan, asstant manager of Lloyds Bank Penarth

A new heart defibrillator has been installed in the always-open cash-machine foyer of Lloyds Bank Penarth  – the first defibrillator in Penarth to be available around-the-clock, seven-days-a-week.

The new machine was  installed by the charity Welsh Hearts and was funded by a donation from the well-known local garage proprietor Bernard Cody of Bernard Cody Motor Engineers, Station Approach, Penarth .

Defibrillators are portable battery-powered devices which can be used in emergencies to re-start the hearts of people who have suffered from a heart-attack.

The cost of the new defibrillator has been met by a donation from well-known local garage proprietor Bernard Cody - seen here with . ............. and the manager of Lloyds Bank Penarth ......Gilligan manager of

The new defibrillator has been installed next to the cash machines in the foyer Lloyds Bank Penarth. The cost of the machine has been met by a donation from well-known local garage proprietor Bernard Cody who’s seen here with Sharon Owen of the charity Welsh Hearts and the assistant manager of Lloyds Bank Penarth Wendy Gilligan

Lloyds Bank staff,  under their manager Wendy Gilligan, will trained on how to use the machine  – but its intended that in an emergency the defibrillator can be used by anyone – including members of the public who may have never seen one before.

When opened, the machine provides a clear, stage-by-stage audio commentary to take untrained users through a series of straightforward procedures to re-start the heart . In such circumstances – every second counts.

Included in the accompanying pack is everything that anyone carrying out heart-resuscitation may need – including a razor to shave away chest hair (to ensure a good contact when the electrode pads are applied) and a pair of scissors (to cut the bra-straps of female patients).

The Welsh Hearts charity is holding Free CPR and Defibrillator training on Wednesday November 16th from 18:00 to 20:00 at All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth where local residents can be trained  in basic life support  – and  how to use a defibrillator, should a situation ever arise.

Bernard Cody says   “I am so pleased to be able to do this for the local community. Whilst I  hope the  defibrillator will never have to be used, we have peace of mind knowing that the equipment is available at Lloyds Bank in Penarth seven days a week  should members of the public need to access it.”

Wendy Gilligan assistant manager at Lloyds Bank in Penarth said  “As Lloyds Bank  is situated right in the centre of the town, we are delighted that we now have a defibrillator on site which will be available for the people of Penarth and visitors to the area.”

The Welsh Hearts charity has so-far set up a total of 475  machines around Wales in the last three years including 6 in Penarth. They are located at:-

  • Lloyds Bank, Windsor Road
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion
  • Penarth Bowls Club
  • Penarth Rugby Club
  • The Holm House Hotel, Marine Parade
  • The Paget Rooms ( This  defibrillator, in the Penarth-Town-council-owned Paget Rooms  is to be re-located because the council was not able to provide a location with 24/7 access and Mr Cody is also paying for the cabinet and for the re-installation of this machine).
  • There is also another defibrillator in the Co-operative Food Store in Windsor Road which was installed by the British Heart Foundation and funded by the Mayor of Penarth’s charity.

Crowdfunding is under way for a further defibrillator in Penarth Yacht Club but this is not yet installed.

Only the Lloyds Bank defibrillator is available to the public  24/7  .




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  1. Paul Fenton says:

    The Welsh Hearts Charity is a brilliant organisation. Every penny( unlike most charities) is spent on the benefit of the people in Wales. I have been subscribing a small amount monthly and they do show their appreciation. Well done to Lloyds Bank and their loyal staff, you never know you could save someone’s life as a result of your initiative.

  2. Well done Bernard and Lloyds Bank. A really good public spirited move that can help Penarth in times of need. The more defibrillators in the town the better, for sure.

  3. 249ers says:

    Do Lloyds Bank and the other organisations display a notice on the outside of their buildings to ‘advertise’ the fact that they have a defibrillator on the premises? Not everyone reads PDN or use the cash point at Lloyds, but everyone needs to know its is there in times of emergency.

  4. whatsoccurin says:

    Great item and important information for readers-if I had noticed a person who appeared to be having a heart attack on Windsor Road or the Promenade I would not have had a clue where the defibrillators were-as for Lloyds Bank-would not rely on 24/7 access-the foyer was recently closed for some time because of “misuse”

    • newsnet says:

      The Lloyds Bank foyer was closed at night some time ago because of “misuse” but PDN has been told it is now fitted with security cameras and is open to everyone around the clock.

  5. James King says:

    There isn’t one in Penarth Yacht Club. I’m crowdfunding for one.

    • newsnet says:

      Welsh Hearts told PDN that there is a defibrillator in the Yacht Club. We will remove that one from the list until it’s installed. Thanks for the update.

  6. Hazel Clarke says:

    I take my hat off to Bernard Cody. Thank you.

  7. Paul says:

    Is that in case a customer finds out there overdrawn. It can be a bit of a shock to the system: Can’t think of any other reason…….

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