Life-saving defibrillator unveiled at Derbyshire school
A life-saving defibrillator has been unveiled at a Derbyshire primary school.
The device - which can be used by staff, pupils and members of the public in the event of an emergency - was officially launched at Darley Dale Primary School on Wednesday.
The defibrillator was purchased following a major fundraising drive organised by the school.
Kirstin Bloxam, vice-chair of governors, said a total of £1,450 was raised.
"It's been fantastic achievement and a real community effort," she added.
"We've now purchased and installed the equipment, using a Tideswell firm called the Defib Store, and we're planning training for staff, pupils and local residents - this will be run by East Midlands Ambulance Service.
"In September the Department for Education published updated guidelines urging schools to consider the purchase of a defibrillator.
"This came after some high-profile cases where young lives have been cut short because of sudden cardiac arrest while at school.
"The argument is that these fatalities could have possibly been prevented had a defibrillator been made available."
A defibrillator is a device which gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation and is an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival.
Joe Robinson - who has created this important map of defibrillator locations in memory of his much-loved brother, Tom Henson, who tragically suffered a cardiac arrest and died aged just 23 last summer - attended the school for the launch of the device and gave an inspiring talk.