FOUR GIRLS from Inmans Primary School have raised enough money to buy a lifesaving defibrillator (defib) machine to be used in Hedon
The Helping Hands Lifestyle Team of Maisie Taylor, Natasha Tucker, Mackhea Alvani and Katie Hodgson raised £500 over the summer through organising a series of cake and craft stalls in the area. This left them with still quite a bit to raise towards the £1,700 cost of an automated external defibrillation machine.
That funding gap was plugged last week when the inspirational girls received a cheque from the Yorkshire Water Community Fund for £1,200 towards the defib machine.
“Following a Cardiac Arrest the chance of survival decreases by 23% per minute. It is therefore very important medical treatment starts as soon as possible. The UK Resuscitation Council suggests an AED should be available wherever medical treatment is more than 5 minutes away. In practical terms this means the whole of the UK.” – Community Heartbeat
Graham Stuart MP (pictured top-left) was delighted to be one of those presenting the cheque to the girls (along with Councillor Mike Bryan and Graham Dixon from Yorkshire Water). Only the day before he had completed training in using one of the machines himself, and spoke enthusiastically about the potential life-saving role such a machine can play (see MP learns lifesaving skills on HU12 Online).
The defib machine will be installed with the help of the Community Heartbeat charity and will be located somewhere easily accessible.
Congratulations to the girls – they have done us proud! The girls join other local groups previously announced on the Blog in getting support from the Yorkshire Water Community Fund.