A new public access defibrillator has been installed at Windsor Park Middle School. The AED has been registered with the local ambulance service.

Mrs Wilbraham-Jones, Headteacher from Windsor Park Middle School said, “‘We would like to thank AEDdonate for organising the generous donation of a defibrillator for Windsor Park Middle School. It is reassuring to know that we have a life saving device installed for the benefit of our community.  It has helped to raise awareness for both staff and children through assemblies and training sessions. Thank you to everyone who has worked on this project, we know how important it is to have a defibrillator on site as every second counts in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest’.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Stone-based charity AEDdonate, said: “We are delighted that Windsor Park Middle School now have a brand new defibrillator installed. It is lovely that the school were so receptive to receive the life saving device just as it was nice to be in a position to donate it to the school.

The school have fully embraced the need for a defibrillator on site and we will be running some staff awareness sessions in the New Year together with some assemblies for the pupils as well to ensure everyone is fully educated on the need for and use of a defibrillator. Congratulations to everyone involved for keeping their community safe in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.”

AEDdonate covers the whole of the UK to raise awareness, knowledge and confidence in the safe use of defibrillators and CPR as well as fitting them within local communities.

To donate to the charity from home visit aeddonate.org.uk, or to discuss fundraising for a community defibrillator in your local area call 01785 472 224  .The chance of survival after Sudden Cardiac Arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a defibrillator within 3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70 %.

Having an AED within a 1/2-mile radius from wherever you are, I believe, is a must. We would welcome further communities to get in touch to see if we can help.”

If anyone dials 999 to a patient who is in cardiac arrest in the area, the caller will be advised on the location of the defibrillator and provided with the code to open the secure cabinet in which it is housed. The ambulance call assessor has the ability to talk to any caller, defibrillator trained or not, through instructions on how to use the device as well as CPR techniques. The defibrillator itself also provides voice guidance throughout and pictorial guides are also present.

If you would like more information on how you or your business can donate a defibrillator to a Community Public Access Site, visit www.aeddonate.org.uk