Former Sopley School pupil returns to hand over a defibrillator for the benefit of the school and local residents.

Emma Clark, a former pupil of Sopley Primary School and one of the local Bransgore Community First Responders, today returned to the school and handed over the latest in automatic external defibrillators to pupils at the school. The unit was donated by Bransgore Community First Responders and when the school agreed that it could also be made available for use by the local community in Ripley, the Responders also donated a suitable lockable cabinet to keep it in. The bright yellow box is located by the entrance to the school office and is accessible via the staff car park.

Responder Emma said,” The code to get the defibrillator will be given by the 999 ambulance call handler if the unit is needed by a local resident in an emergency, but the school will have immediate access should they need it.

Bransgore Group Co-ordinator Mike Jukes said,” We are pleased that we can provide this to the school and also make it available should it be needed in this remote area. Over 250 people a day die from sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital environment, yet with a defibrillator and some simple hands only CPR many of them could be saved. We hope the unit is never needed, but it is there should it be. We are happy to donate the unit but we could not do this without the support and donations from the community we serve”.

Executive Head Teacher Dan Twyman said, “As a school our overarching aim is to be a central part of the local community and we are very proud to be able to support such a worthwhile cause. Keeping our children safe is the school’s number one priority and this represents yet another way of achieving that goal.”

 The unpaid Community Responder volunteers, in addition to attending 999 calls in their area also offer advice and guidance to those thinking of purchasing a defibrillator. One of the aims of the South Central Ambulance Charity to which they belong is to ensure that no one is more than eight minutes from a readily available defibrillator. They are hoping to have another defibrillator installed in the area of Neacroft in the coming weeks.

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To make a donation or offer other support the Bransgore group can be contacted on 0844 500 9699 or E Mail bransgorecfr@sca-charity.org.uk.