Residents of Carisbrooke will now be able to use a defibrillator recently installed at Christ the King College.
Back in February, the school launched a campaign to raise enough funds to house their existing defibrillator in a wall box, so it could be accessible to the public during the hours the site is open.
Thanks to generous donations from the school community and holding a Valentines mufti day where students wore an item of red for a donation of £1, the school has been able to fund the box. In addition to the defibrillator box on the school site, funds raised also provided enough support to the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service for a further
defibrillator box to be purchased. This will be placed in the local community in the near future.
Thanks go to TL Electrical who kindly installed the defibrillator.
Louise Walker; Ambulance Education, Training & Engagement lead said: “It is essential our community has access to defibrillators, the use of these life saving devices during a cardiac arrest cannot be underestimated. It’s the timely use of the defibrillator and good quality effective CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) that can increase someone’s chance of survival from an out of hospital cardiac arrest, from as little as 5% to as much as 74%.
“It is wonderful news that Christ the King College has now been able to place the defibrillator already held on site in an outside wall box, making it more easily accessible to the public. This and the purchase of another outside wall box, that they are placing at an additional location, is all thanks to the incredible fund raising undertaken by the staff and students of Christ the King College. They should be highly commended for all their efforts as the Public Access Defibrillators will be absolute assets to our community.”
Mrs. Ward, Head of School, added: “I continue to be very proud of the students at Christ the King. Supporting our island community and making a difference is very much the Christ the King Way. In addition to this fundraising, our students have had a programme of education to ensure they can react appropriately in an emergency situation. We’re thankful for the work done by our students and all at the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service to keep our neighbours, students and those visiting our site safe.