A woman is campaigning to put a defibrillator into each primary school in Stamford and needs your help to raise £5,500.
Dannii Vincent from Stamford wants local residents and businesses to get involved with helping to raise the money needed to pay for life saving equipment in their children’s schools.
The price of £5,500 pays for five defibrillators, provided by the charity SADS UK (Sudden Adult Death Trust), for each of the five primary schools in Stamford and also includes training for up to eight people in each school.
If successful the vital equipment would be installed into Malcolm Sargent Primary School, The Bluecoat School, St Gilbert’s Primary School, St George’s CE Primary School and St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.
This equipment could help save the life of a pupil, parent, teacher or visitor who has gone into cardiac arrest, in a matter of minutes.
Each of the external defibrillators are simple and safe to use, giving clear spoken instructions to whoever is using the machine.
Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm and won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.
The British Heart Foundation explains the importance of this life saving equipment: “After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR or any defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 percent.”
Dannii said: “I believe these are vital pieces of equipment for every school as most heart conditions can exist in fully healthy people including children and often lie undetected until it is too late.”
Dannii hopes the defibrillators will help save lives after her nephew Bailey Drew sadly died in May after suddenly collapsing playing football.
Bailey was only 11 years old when he died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) and after many attempts by friends, family and paramedics to help save him, nothing could be done.
Dannii said: “I can’t say having a defibrillator nearby would have saved his life but it would have given him a fighting chance.
“We all want to do what is best for our children. Hopefully this equipment will never need to be used but it gives them the chance of survival if it does.”
Dannii has already been in contact with each of the five primary schools to discuss the campaign and has had great feedback so far from Bluecoat School and Malcolm Sargent, which have both said they are really excited and looking forward to getting the equipment in.
The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) at Malcolm Sargent School were so impressed with Dannii’s campaign that they have already provided the full funding to have a defibrillator fitted at the school.
Dan Hiblin, chairman of the PTFA, said: “We are proud to support Dannii’s very worthwhile campaign and have agreed to provide all funds required to install the defibrillator and train staff at our school.
“We wish Dannii luck with the rest of her campaign and hope that all of Stamford’s schools will soon have this important lifesaving equipment.”
The Bluecoat School have also started raising money at the school, with a number of collection pots going into the school this week.
Dannii would also like to appeal to local companies to get involved, who could pay for one defibrillator and have a plaque in their chosen school stating that is was donated by them.
Dannii said: “It is a great opportunity for a local company to do something in the community that could save lives.”
To donate to the campaign visit Dannii’s JustGiving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/Dosh4Defibs-Stamford.
You can also keep updated on Dannii’s latest fundraising events and ongoing totals raised by visiting Dannii’s blog at: dosh4defibsstamford.wordpress.com