Issued: July 20, 2016
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School raises money for defibrillator
A defibrillator has been provided for Thomas Willingale School and Nursery after a fundraising effort by the children, staff and parents.
Emergency First Aid Ltd worked with the school and nursery in The Broadway to raise some £850 for the equipment which the school hopes it willl never use.
Danny Hyde, director and lead instructor with Emergency First Aid Ltd, hopes to raise sufficient money to provide the equipment for other schools that the company works with in the area.
The company has already provided training for staff and children.
Among the events held to raise money for the defibrillator was a 100km run and a gruelling hike up Pen Y Fan.
A triathlon is also planned for September.
Danny said: "Sadly 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school.
"If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, survival chances increase from six per cent to 74 per cent which is incredible.
"Staff at Thomas Willingale have already received training .They are an amazing school who really believe in First Aid for all."
Head Teacher Teresa Phillips said: "We are delighted to be given the opportunity to have a defibrillator based at our school, most of us are already trained on the use of one as we are highly trained in First Aid thanks to Emergency First Aid Limited.
“This potentially life-saving equipment will be available not only for our school community to use, but also the local community too."