Six East lancashire schools to get heart defibrilators

SIX schools will have defibrilators installed thanks to the Pumping Marvellous charity and the Lancashire Telegraph.

Ten defibrilators have been purchased with £10,000 of funding from the Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, owner of Newsquest Media Group, whose titles include the Lancashire Telegraph.

To date, nine schools in East Lancashire have been approached and six have accepted the potentially life-saving equipment.

Defibrilators can be used by an untrained person to help jump-start the heart in the case of a cardiac arrest.

They will be located in schools, but will be available to the community in case of an emergency.

The school that will be having the equipment installed include St Mary's RC School in Oswaldtwistle, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour RC School in Blackburn, Darwen Vale High School in Darwen, Wensley Fold Primary School in Blackburn, and St Augustine High School in Billington.

Other schools which have been approached also include Rose Grove in Burnley and Witton Park High School in Blackburn.

The charity would also like to install a defibrilator into a school in Sabden, due to its remote location.

Nick Hartshorne-Evans, chairman of the Altham charity, said: “I think it’s a great uptake.

“These schools have been identified because of the number of high priority calls in the area for the ambulance service, which include cardiac arrests and heart attacks.

“All these schools have been targeted because they are in these hot spot areas.

“We have also looked at locations in hard to reach areas where response times are longer.”

Installation will take place from March onwards.”

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1:49pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Whydidtheybanme? says...

Why would a school decline to have one???

A great idea and beggars belief that any school would turn one down.
Why would a school decline to have one??? A great idea and beggars belief that any school would turn one down. Whydidtheybanme?
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10:48am Tue 26 Feb 13

mys says...

You'd think every school would want one,it's a fantastic idea to get them in schools.if it saves one life it'll we more than worth it,we hear so many kids have died doing sports at school that didn't know they had heart conditions till it was too late.why would any school refuse one god knows.
You'd think every school would want one,it's a fantastic idea to get them in schools.if it saves one life it'll we more than worth it,we hear so many kids have died doing sports at school that didn't know they had heart conditions till it was too late.why would any school refuse one god knows. mys
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