Dewsbury School’s appeal for donations for an on-site defibrillator

30,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of hospital – 270 of these deaths occur in children in schools.

However, research shows that if defibrillation occurs within the first three minutes of an ACS, the patient’s chance of survival increases by more than 80%.

Installing the defibrillator means it can be deployed by the local ambulance trust in an effort to give the patient the all-important shock to the heart before paramedics arrive.

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Boothroyd Primary Academy is working alongside AEDdonating a defibrillator installed in the school.

Boothroyd Primary Academy Community Champion Mandi Reeve said: “The defibrillator call has been put on hold as other calls have taken precedence.

“It’s really important for our school as we have 630 children and over 100 staff on site daily, so a defibrillator is essential in an emergency.

“To save the life of a child or an adult, you must provide emergency first aid as soon as possible.

“We are a very large primary school with no access to a defibrillator so we would have to rely on the emergency services, which in the current climate are at breaking point – just in today’s news it reported that local services A and E are full.

“It shows how essential a defibrillator is in helping to save the lives of all of our children, staff and visitors on a daily basis.

“Local councilors have mentioned that there will be one in the nearest park. However, by the time we have run to the park, we may be too late to save the life of a child or an adult.”

The school is working alongside AEDdonate to raise the £1,999 needed for the defibrillator.

AEDdonate is committed to improving the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, by supporting the placement and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in local communities.

AEDdonate achieves this by giving communities the option to fundraise or purchase an AED, which can then be registered with the local ambulance trust for use in an emergency.

The school has currently raised £563.

To donate to the appeal, visit https://www.aeddonate.org.uk/projects/boothroyd/