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Project information

Donating lifesaving defibrillators in schools

Making schools 'Heartsafe' by having a defibrillator on school premises to restart the heart if a pupil or teacher suffers a cardiac arrest. The quicker a therapeutic shock is delivered the better chance there is of survival for students and others who experience cardiac arrest.

January 2011 - December 2013

Charity information: SADS UK

SADS UK logo
  • Need


    Sometimes the first sign of a cardiac abnormality is when a person suffers cardiac arrest. Sadly cardiac arrest affects children and young people as well as the older population. Without prompt treatment they could die.


    Having a defibrillator, which is lifesaving medical equipment, on the premises will assist in restarting the heart if this emergency occurs and has the potential to save lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Making schools heart aware


    » Providing schools with information about heart conditions that can affect the young and providing details of the warning signs to look out for.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...making more schools aware of heart conditions that can cause a sudden cardiac death

  • Impact


    More people will become aware and contact their health professional for medical advice if they are suffering signs and symptoms consistent with information provided by the charity.


    Schools are busy places and there may be some apprehension with regard to installing the defibrillator and training. The local ambulance services will help in providing training and allaying any concerns the school may have.


    Via regular contact and in line with their reporting procedures

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Defibrillator Includes AED & initial training & ancillaries
  • Background


    The defibrillator project covers schools in the United Kingdom


    Anyone who suffers cardiac arrest on school premises. Cardiac arrest can affect a person of any age and background.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The cardiac charity SADS UK has been working with families living with inherited cardiac conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death for over 10 years and has placed defibrillators in schools where its known a child has a condition. The charity has often been contacted by families who've been bereaved of a child as a result of them suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. from which they sadly did not survive. SADS UK understands lives can be saved by the speedy use of CPR and a defibrillator.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andrea Patient

    Andrea is the Defibrillator Project Manager, she organizes schools to receive information as requested and organises defibrillator training for school

    Ambulance Service

    The ambulance service carry out the training of the Automated External Defibrillators at the school.

    Anne Jolly

    The office manager oversees the smooth running of the project.

Help save young lives

Help save young lives


A defibrillator could save a life

Having the defibrillator at school changes the way I feel when I’m there. I feel comfortable and secure knowing it's there for anyone who may need it

Rosa Quigley-Phipps