Doncaster father who lost his son to heart condition helps provide lifesaving equipment

(l-r) Ken Waight, Tim Shaw and Mike Stanley are organising a memorial golf day for Ken's late son Richard. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Ken Waight, Tim Shaw and Mike Stanley are organising a memorial golf day for Ken's late son Richard. Picture: Andrew Roe

The family of a Doncaster teacher who died of a heart condition, aged just 23, have helped provide a lifesaving machine to a primary school.

Staff at Kingfisher Primary School have been training in the use of the defribrillor machine, which has been put in place at the school in Wheatley with a contribution from Ken Waight, who son Richard died in November 2009.

Since the death of his son Richard who died in his sleep, Ken Waight, and his family and friends have campaigned along with the cardiac charity SADS UK to make lifesaving equipment readily available in their community.

Supporting the cardiac charity SADS UK’s Big Shock campaign, to make defibrillators available in all schools, Ken said he was delighted to have contributed towards a defibrillator for Kingfisher.

The school understands how important it is to provide early defibrillation when a person suffers a cardiac arrest.

Ken Waight visited the school to help train people to use the machine.

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 is of survival.

He said the defibrillator was easy to use by the layperson, providing voice prompts to the rescuer.

Anne Jolly, Founder of SADS UK, said: “SADS UK is grateful to Ken Waight for assisting Kingfisher Primary School to put a defibrillator in place.

She added: “We are pleased that the School will benefit from having a defibrillator to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the 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 the schools.”

SADS wants the Government to legislate to make defibrillators available in all schools.