Life-saving equipment at Epworth and Crowle schools

South Axholme Academy has a new defibrilltor - pictured at the handover are (L-R) Gillian Fields, Julie Chatterton, Clare Tillen, Karen Wild, Andrew Percy MP, Marie Lister (Headteacher) and Fiona Fuller.
South Axholme Academy has a new defibrilltor - pictured at the handover are (L-R) Gillian Fields, Julie Chatterton, Clare Tillen, Karen Wild, Andrew Percy MP, Marie Lister (Headteacher) and Fiona Fuller.
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Life-saving equipment has been installed at two Isle schools which could save the life of a pupil who suffers a cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator machines, which delivers an electric shock to the heart when in cardiac arrest, have been placed at South Axholme Academy in Epworth and Axholme Academy in Crowle.

Six members of staff will also be trained up in how to use the machines and perform CPR at each school.

The scheme was paid for through a £10, 000 grant which Isle MP Andrew Percy secured from North Lincolnshire Council.

Mr Percy, who is a first responder with East Midlands Ambulance Service, presented the equipment to staff at South Axholme Academy last week.

He said: “270 children in the UK die each year from sudden cardiac arrest on school sites, and for every minute CPR and defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival reduces by about 10 per cent.

“That is why having this lifesaving equipment in our communities is vital. As a first responder myself, I have had to perform CPR and use a defibrillator on a number of occasions and I have seen how important this training is.

“My own experience has made me passionate about getting more of the public trained in how to perform CPR. Defibrillators can be used by anyone as the instructions are given and that is why having more of them in our communities is vital. This is especially important in rural areas where ambulance responses times tend to be greater.

“I want to thank both South Axholme and Axholme Academies for giving the time for staff to be trained. I have also asked the schools to identify time to talk to young people about the defibrillators and to show them a video on CPR.

“Anyone can perform CPR and use a defibrillator, and the more awareness we can raise of this, the more potential life-savers we have in our community.”

Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, added: “North Lincolnshire Council was delighted to support Andrew’s campaign and to approve the funding for this project. Up and down the country there are countless examples of lives saved by the swift actions of members of the public performing CPR and using defibrillators.

“Unfortunately, there are also too many examples of young people dying on school sites where this life-saving equipment is not available.”

Many states in the United States now require every school to have a defibrillator and Mr Percy will shortly meet education secretary Michael Gove MP to push for the same in the UK.