Life-saving defibrillators presented to schools around Mold

Reporter:

Owen Evans

Defibrillators have been donated to schools as part of a life-saving appeal.

The devices have been installed at Mold’s Ysgol Glanrafon, Ysgol Bryn Gwalia, St David’s RC Primary School and Ysgol Maes Garmon as part of the town council’s Save a Life campaign, being run in conjunction with St John’s Ambulance and the Welsh Hearts charity.

In addition to the defibrillator presentations, Nick Aitken, North Wales fundraising manager for Welsh Hearts, carried out training with more than 400 pupils and staff over a four-day period.

Jane Evans, support officer for Mold Town Council, said: “We are delighted to have been able to present a defibrillator to the four schools and also very grateful to Nick for coming along to provide vital CPR and defibrillator training to pupils and staff.

“The appeal so far has enabled us to locate nine defibrillators within the town with a further six soon to be located.

“We have a couple of events coming up to help raise the remaining amount required to reach our target, including a sell out concert with Sir Ken Dodd and Richard and Adam Johnson on April 9 at Theatr Clwyd and ‘An Afternoon with Paul Martin’ from BBC’s Flog It on Sunday, April 23, tickets for this event now on sale at only £12.

“We are confident that we will reach our target before the end of May, however if any local businesses or groups would like to get involved and help raise money, please do get in touch.”

The campaign is aiming to provide 25 defibrillators throughout the town.

After a defibrillator was presented to Ysgol Glanrafon, headteacher Llinos Mary Jones said: “I would like to say how privileged, we as a school, feel that we have been presented with a defibrillator from Mold Town Council’s ‘Save a Life’ appeal.

“Indeed, being one of the first schools in Flintshire to have obtained one is an honour which we very much appreciate.

”Being the owners of a life saving machine such as the defibrillator, makes us very proud of the fact that we could save lives in emergencies here at Ysgol Glanrafon.”

Simon Hughes, headteacher at St David’s Catholic Primary School, said: “We are all aware of the necessity to live a healthy lifestyle and eat a balanced diet.

“The training of staff and pupils in the use of the defibrillator has raised awareness of the need to act quickly in order to save a life.

”Many thanks once again for the kind donation.”

As part of the appeal, the town council is putting together a map to show the locations of the defibrillators within the town.

Any organisations with a defibrillator which could be used by the public in the event of an emergency is asked to get in touch with the town council and the location will be placed on the map.

For more information call 01352 758532 or email supportofficer @moldtowncouncil. org.uk

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