Defibrillator success thanks to generosity

Steve Gaunt, chairman of the Malcolm Sargent primary academy PTFA, vice principal Tim Cox, Jo Seager , teaching assistant and Dannin Vincent from Dosh4Defibs at pres of machine to the school EMN-141012-202457009
Steve Gaunt, chairman of the Malcolm Sargent primary academy PTFA, vice principal Tim Cox, Jo Seager , teaching assistant and Dannin Vincent from Dosh4Defibs at pres of machine to the school EMN-141012-202457009
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A campaign launched in October last year to put a defibrillator into each primary school in Stamford, has raised the £5,500 needed to pay for the life saving equipment.

Dannii Vincent, from Stamford launched the campaign alongside the Mercury, in memory of her nephew, Bailey Drew who died in May, aged 11, from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

Through the generosity from local businesses, the community and each of the five primary schools, Dannii has been able to raise the vital funds needed to pay for five defibrillators.

The equipment provided by the charity SADS UK will be installed into Malcolm Sargent Primary School, The Bluecoat School, St Gilbert’s Primary School, St George’s CE Primary School and St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.

Dannii said: “I am over the moon that this campaign took off like it did. I can’t wait to see all of the defibrillators in the schools, it’s so important to have this equipment because you just don’t know what’s around the corner.

“I want to give a huge thank you to my family and friends for supporting me and to everyone who has helped me out along the way - you are all truly amazing.

“My biggest thank you of all is to my beautiful nephew Bailey. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be doing this and Stamford’s children would not have this life saving equipment.”

Among those who helped donate to the campaign, are Stamford Kiwanis, Stamford XT, Stamford Fencing Contractors, Stamford Pantomime Players, Stamford Amateur Boxing Club, JSB Construction, Precision Sports, MB Creative UK, Tobie Norris and Hanson Cement who recently donated £1,100 to pay for the entire cost of the final defibrillator at St Gilbert’s.

Dannii will be visiting St Augustine’s today to collect the final donations raised by the pupils at the school.

Dannii is now looking towards raising money for defibrillators within the community of Stamford and would love to hear from secondary schools, colleges, public buildings and anyone who thinks they need a defibrillator in place.

To contact Dannii and to carry on following the success of the Dosh4Defibs campaign visit https://www.facebook.com/Dosh4Defibs