Paramedics donate AEDs as part of Trust’s 1,000 project

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Student Paramedic Helen Harbar and her Paramedic Mentor Carl Batchelor visited a school in Bedfordshire last week to donate one of the Trust’s 1,000 new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for our region. 

Hundreds of locations for the life-saving equipment have been identified as part of the project, which was launched in early January. 

Helen said: “I have been so amazed by the support and realised how much people clearly want defibrillators in my community. I think that this is a great opportunity for local schools and businesses to get access to defibs, that before would have taken them a long time to raise money for. 

“The school, Northill Church of England Lower School, is especially important to me as my daughter attends and to give them a piece of equipment that will save lives is an honour.” 

The children have also been learning about the emergency services so Helen took an ambulance to the school on Friday (13th February) to give them a tour of the vehicle, as well as teaching them when to call 999. 

Federation Headteacher Mandy Reddick and Head of School Alison Barton, said: “We are both really grateful to have been donated this wonderful resource which will not only benefit the school but the community as well.” 

Helen has secured another defibrillator to be allocated to Northill’s link school Edward Peake Church of England Middle School in Biggleswade and a third for Sutton School in Bedfordshire. 

If you want to suggest a location for one of the Trust’s new AEDs, get in touch with your county’s Community Partnership Manager.

Published 19th February 2015

Photo credit: Darren Harbar Photography

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