Stratford Primary School is delighted to announce the installation of a new defibrillator thanks to AEDdonate and funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £67 million to over 21,000 local community projects across the country and more than £150,000 to 48 projects voted for in Stratford upon Avon stores.

AEDdonate is a charity committed to improving survival from out of hospital, cardiac arrest, supporting the placement and use of an automated external defibrillator to local communities. They have been awarded £2000 from Bags of Help to provide life-saving defibrillators in Stratford-upon-Avon. The first recipient of a defibrillator is Stratford Primary School on Broad Street.

The defibrillator is located in the school reception and is accessible to the public Monday to Friday, 7 am until 6 pm during term time.

Jamie Richards, AED Donate Chief Executive, said: “Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills approximately 100,000 people a year in the UK. We are committed to reducing this number by giving Schools, Pubs, Clubs, and Communities the opportunity to fundraise for an AED which can then be placed onto the PAD scheme. This helps safeguard local communities from the UK’s biggest killer- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)”

Gill Humphriss, Stratford Primary Head Teacher, said: “Our school is very much at the heart of the community and having a defibrillator located at the school, and staff trained in its use means that we can assist should an emergency occur either in school or in the local area.”

Keith Jackson, Tesco’s UK Community Manager, said: “Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”

In addition, to mark Tesco’s 100th year, they have announced two special voting rounds, Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, in summer and winter 2019 with larger grant amounts available over wider geographic regions. Please look online for more information on if they can support your group either through the normal Bags of Help vote or Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit