Headteachers at The Stanway School have agreed a defibrillator cabinet can be installed on an outside wall, making it available to the community 24/7. Now campaigners on behalf of Colchester Community First Responders have launched an appeal to raise £1,600 to install the defibrillator and cover the cost of servicing it for eight years.
Martin Ford from Colchester Community First Responders said: “Having access to defibrillators saves lives. In Colchester there are only four machines which can be accessed 24 hours a day, so this offer from The Stanway School is fantastic. We hope people will support the appeal and together we can help save more lives.”
British Heart Foundation statistics show there were almost 30,000 out-of-hospital suspected cardiac arrest cases in the UK each year, but fewer than one in ten people survive.
Jonathan Bland, Co-Headteacher at The Stanway School said: “The staff, students and local governing body are always seeking opportunities for The Stanway School to be a hub for our community.
“Installing this defibrillator will allow Stanway residents to know that immediate help is constantly available. We are pleased to support the work of the First Responders and we are grateful for the generosity of those who have already contributed towards the cost of the defibrillator.”
Jeremy Hagon, campaigner and Stanway Action Team member said: “I know from personal experience how important it is for people who are taken ill to receive the fastest possible medical care. Minutes matter.
“The kind gesture by the leadership team at The Stanway School to allow the installation of a public access defibrillator will serve the community of Stanway for many years to come.”
The front of The Stanway School is open all year round, making it the ideal place for the locked defibrillator cabinet. An access code for the locked cabinet will be given by a 999 operator in the event of an emergency.
To donate, please visit the GoFundMe site at https://www.gofundme.com/defib-for-stanway