Parents donate lifesaving defibrillator to East Wickham primary school

PUBLISHED: 13:03 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:03 14 March 2016

Defibrillator training at St Michael's East Wickham

Defibrillator training at St Michael's East Wickham


St Michael’s received the equipment as part of a national campaign to make the equipment available in all schools

A primary school in East Wickham has received a lifesaving defibrillator and training in how to use it.

The donation was part of a national campaign by cardiac charity SADS UK, to make the equipment available in all schools to help save the lives of those with heart problems.

Working alongside the campaign is couple Allison and Tony Spalding, who have rallied friends and family to provide defibrillators to schools in their area in memory of their son Charlie Morettes who died aged just eight.

St Michael’s school was the latest to receive a defibrillator, which works by administering a therapeutic shock once a person goes into cardiac arrest.

Mrs Spalding said: “Whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive the defibrillator can be administered to restart the heart and give a person the best chance of survival.

“For every minute that passes without defibrillation the chance of survival decreases.”

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, added: “SADS UK is pleased that St Michael’s East Wickham will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the premises.

“Last year SADS UK Patron Dr Hilary Jones (Good Morning Britain) presented Lifesaver Awards to staff at two senior schools who had saved the lives of teenage boys using their school defibrillator, and this year two more teenage boys were saved by teachers at their school.

“This demonstrates how important it is to have this lifesaving equipment on school premises, using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but early use of the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.

“This is why SADS UK is so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in schools”.

The Big Shock campaign to make defibrillators available in all schools has the support of the ambulance services and most recently Dame Helen Mirren who heads the charity’s defibrillator leaflet.

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