A brand new defibrillator site has been created outside Walton-on-Trent CE (C) Primary and Nursery School. The fundraising target was met after funding was received from generous donations from the community, Walton Parish Council, Swadlincote Fire Station and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The defibrillator is located on the school gates and is available to the whole community 24 hours per day. Anyone needing the machine should call 999 in the first instance and obtain guidance from the ambulance service.

The school is currently in the process of arranging a training session with an invite open to the local community to go along and learn how to use the device. Whilst defibrillators are very easy to use and provide step by step instructions the session does offer an opportunity to ask questions and get hands-on with the equipment in a calm environment.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate; who supplied the AED said “It’s great to see another community recognising the importance of the machines, the chance of survival after sudden cardiac arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a Defibrillator within 2-3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70%

If you’re thinking about getting a defibrillator for your community get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.