A primary school in Broughton near Chester has acquired its first AED (automated external defibrillator) thanks to the efforts of a passionate parent from another school in the area.
Cherry Grove Primary School, Chester now has a Powerheart AED from North West-based manufacturers Cardiac Science after Lee Challinor stepped in.
Lee and a group of parents from neighbouring Blacon set up the Blacon Defibrillator Fund two years ago and have been fund-raising ever since to get the devices into the community.
His team has now placed eleven in local schools, sports clubs and children/adult centers across the Chester area.
They paid for half of the defibrillator for Cherry Grove with the rest kindly donated by local Councillor Martyn Delaney from Cheshire West and Chester Council.
According to national charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – Each week, 12 young people in the UK die due to undiagnosed heart conditions.
Lee is absolutely committed to getting more defibrillators where they are needed. “We started with my own children’s school – Highfield Community Primary in Blacon – and then thought why stop there. We need to get over people’s concerns and raise awareness of how important they are. It could save someone’s life.”
In addition to getting the AED the school also won tickets to see Manchester United in action as part of a monthly draw devised to encourage every new AED owner to register the device through the Cardiac Science.
To determine which lucky pupil could have the tickets the school then ran a competition asking children to draw their sporting hero.
Alfie Chomsomboo was chosen from hundreds of entries. Kevin Garvey, Area Sales Manager for Cardiac Science, said: “Everyone at Cherry Grove Primary will now benefit from having an AED on site and it was my pleasure to also pass on the football tickets to Alfie, who did a super drawing.”
The prize draw from Cardiac Science aims to encourage people to register their AED with them, to activate parts and warranty deals, get updates and free access to product support and training.
Kevin said: “Hopefully Cherry Grove primary school will never have to use this device, but it is really important that schools and other places where young communities meet have one on hand just in case. They regularly save lives.”
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