A PRIMARY school in Blacon has become the first in the area to have a defibrillator in the school.
The Highfield Community Primary School now has the equipment after a campaign by Blacon resident Lee Challinor.
Lee, who has three children with heart conditions, is campaigning to get all of the schools in the Blacon area a defibrillator.
There are about 270 sudden cardiac arrests in schools each year – mainly affecting children with a previously unknown heart condition.
Unfortunately, the first sign of a cardiac condition is when the person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest
Backing the cardiac charity SADS UK Big Shock Campaign to make defibrillators mandatory in all schools, Lee is determined that schools in the Blacon area will benefit from this lifesaving equipment.
Lee said: “I would especially like to thank local councillors, Reggie Jones, Marie Nelson and Carolyn Graham for understanding the need for schools to have defibrillators in place and supporting this project so generously.
“I am urging local rotary clubs, round tables and businesses to support this project to help save lives.”
Headteacher of Highfield Community Primary School, Nicky Dowling, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Lee for his commitment to providing the school with this potentially lifesaving equipment.
“We aim to ensure that local residents and the bus companies are also aware that the defibrillator is on site so that is seen as a community resource too.”
To support the Blacon School project please contact Lee Challinor on 01244 421027 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the SADS UK Big Shock Campaign contact 01277 811215 email: email@example.com
l A charity, Hands on Heart, was set up to help raise funds to install defibrilators in Cheshire schools following the sudden death of Chester FC fan Ciaran Geddes, seven.
Ciaran, who was a mascot for his beloved Chester FC, was playing football at Locking Stumps Community Primary School at Birchwood in Warrington, when he collapsed.