Defibrillator boost for school and charity

Defibrillator training at Stamford Welland Academy EMN-160624-150725001
Defibrillator training at Stamford Welland Academy EMN-160624-150725001
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A defibrillator has been given to Stamford Welland Academy.

The life-saving equipment was presented to the school by the national cardiac charity SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) as part of their Big Shock campaign, which aims to put defibrillators in all schools.

Dannii Vincent has worked hard to raise funds for installing the defibrillators in the Stamford area as part of a campaign called Dosh4Defibs, and now the school in Green Lane has one, its pupils will be trained in its use by the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Defibrillators help to restore the heart’s rhythm in the event of a cardiac arrest. The chances of a person’s survival improve if the device is used as early as possible.

Otherwise, the odds fall by 10 percent per minute without such first aid. Recent models are relatively easy to use, and provide voiced prompts to the user through built-in speakers.

Anne Jolly, the founder of SADS UK, said “SADS UK is grateful to Danielle Vincent for all her hard work in fundraising and is pleased that Stamford Welland Academy will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest.”

But the pupils of Stamford Welland Academy are not the only people in the area to benefit from defibrillators.

Local St John Ambulance volunteers have received a £1,000 donation from the Bourne and District Round Table, which has gone towards purchasing their own kit.

St John Ambulance regional director Bruce Leeke said: “We’d like to thank Bourne Round Table for this very generous donation. A defibrillator is a vital piece of life saving equipment and will help us deliver an even better service.”