A cardiac arrest can happen at any time, anywhere. Did you know… seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive, if they are treated with a defibrillator within the first five minutes!
Here at Ysgol Aberconwy we are pleased to announce through fundraising efforts, a donation from Conwy Leisure Services and match funding from the Sam Standerwick Memorial Fund, we’ve purchased not one, but TWO defibrillators.
The Sam Standerwick Memorial Fund was set up in memory of Sam Standerwick to help CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. Through the money raised for the two defibrillators it has enabled us to purchase them through the memorial fund and we can’t thank Adrian Standerwick enough for personally presenting the school with the two new additions.
Adrian, Sam’s dad and founder of the memorial fund said, “I’m delighted to be able to present Ysgol Aberconwy with two lifesaving machines. It’s hugely important to make sure everyone is aware of Cardiac Risk in the Young, which is something I’ll continue working towards. But to also be able to help towards the funding of these machines is a great achievement for the memorial fund. We hope they are never needed but it is good to know there are two in a school, which has nearly 800 young people, so if there is a need they can be used without delay, potentially saving a young persons life.”
Mr Jones, Teacher at Ysgol Aberconwy stated, “To have not one but two lifesaving machines here at Ysgol Aberconwy is a testament not only to the fantastic work of the Sam Standerwick Memorial Fund but also the dedication of pupils’ fundraising efforts! A special mention has to go to Sam McKinley who individually raised £120. We’re incredibly proud of all pupils who helped raise as much money as possible. To have two machines on the school premises is great news, not only for the school but also the local community.”
One defibrillator will be based at the school reception and the other one will be based in the school sports hall, which is also used outside of school hours by the general public.