We’re delighted to have been able to offer a defibrillator to Balladen Community Primary School after receiving funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

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.

Pictured is First Aid Co-ordinator, Bernadette Eastwood who will be responsible for checking the 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 needed 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{d30390558f9e4508be1047a3a1acb6b4e0b00fabde10b462fce3f3fe1e727ecc}.

In August 2017 Tesco replaced single use carrier bags with new Bags for Life made from 94{d30390558f9e4508be1047a3a1acb6b4e0b00fabde10b462fce3f3fe1e727ecc} 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. Taken from https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme/pages/Category/the-tesco-bags-of-help-programme-tes2