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06/01/2017

McGee donates lifesaving defibrillator to local school

St Stephen’s CofE School and Children’s Centre located in Lambeth, London benefits by having a defibrillator on its premises with thanks to McGee.

McGee is committed to making a positive contribution to the local communities in which they work and wanted to help with the placement of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at a school just a stone’s throw from one of their project sites, One Nine Elms.

McGee’s AED donation to the St Stephen’s CofE School and Children’s Centre was organised by the cardiac charity, SADS UK.

Chris Foulser, Project Manager at One Nine Elms is pictured above delivering the AED to the school.  Chris said: “I was delighted to be able to deliver the AED to the school and I’m pleased to hear that the training delivered by the London Ambulance Service was a great success.  We hope the school never has to use the AED but teachers, parents and pupils have the reassurance knowing that it is available if, and, when it is needed.”

Androulla Charalambous, Children Centre and Extended Services Strategic Manager, said: “Thank you so much ‘One Nine Elms’ for arranging the donation to our school.”

Supporting the national cardiac charity SADS UK Big Shock campaign, the school was keen to place a defibrillator on their premises as they understand how important it is to provide early defibrillation when a person suffers a cardiac arrest.  The defibrillator training took place on Tuesday 3rd January which was carried out by the London Ambulance Service.

The defibrillator is lifesaving equipment that works to restore the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest and the earlier a defibrillator is used the better the chance of survival.  The defibrillator placed at the school is easy to use by the layperson, providing voice prompts to the rescuer.

Anne Jolly, Founder of SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, says:

The SADS UK Big Shock Campaign works with schools and highlights the fact that as schools are a major hub in the community they should have defibrillators in place to save lives.  The charity is delighted that St Stephen’s CofE School and Children’s Centre now has this lifesaving equipment.  The SADS UK Big Shock Campaign urging the Government to legislate for all schools to have defibrillators received an enormous boost when a Private Members Bill requesting legislation was brought forward on the 15th November.  The Bill is due for a second reading on the 27th January 2017 and SADS UK urges MPs to support this important Bill for legislation, the goal that SADS UK has lobbied so long and hard for.”

Copies of ‘The Warning Signs’ leaflets have been provided to the school to assist people who may have an underlying cardiac condition to be identified and treated.

If you would like to know more about putting a defibrillator in your community, call Anne Jolly, SADS UK on 01277 811215, email or find out more at www.sadsuk.org