A defibrillator is now available to all that use the facilities at Armathwaite Community School thanks to funding received through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Jamie Richards, CEO at AEDdonate said “its great to be able to help communities obtain this potentially lifesaving equipment, we understand how difficult it is to raise the funds and are delighted to have been able to donate this defibrillator to a school, I would urge others to get in touch to see how we can help”

It is believed that 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school. Defibrillators are easy to use with each machine giving step by step instructions. The machine plays a vital part in the management of a cardiac arrest. The defibrillator is registered with the ambulance service and anyone needing to access the machine should call 999.

Sudden cardiac arrest can affect anyone of any age at any time in any place, does your community have an easily accessible defibrillator?

Defibrillators should be checked weekly to ensure the battery and pads are in date and working. This defibrillator has been registered with the local ambulance service and anyone needing access to it should call 999 in the first instance.

Launched in 2015, Bags of Help sees charities and community organisations awarded grants to fund local projects. Originally funded by the sale of 5p carrier bags it reduced single-use bag use by 72%.

In August 2017 Tesco replaced single-use carrier bags with new Bags for Life made from 94% recyclable plastic, to help reduce bag use even further. The money raised by the sale of these bags now funds Bags of Help.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Customers are given a token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in most stores.

Get in touch today to find out if we have funding to help your community get a defibrillator.