Donation will help to save more lives

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Volunteers from Ilkeston have received a donation from Erewash Borough Council for new life-saving equipment.

The £1,250 donation will buy a Lifepak1000 defibrillator for use by St John Ambulance volunteers at events in Ilkeston and the surrounding area.

Simon Dunn, St John Ambulance regional director welcomed the donation.

He said: “We’d like to thank the council for this very generous donation.

“A defibrillator is a vital piece of life saving equipment and will help us deliver an even better service at events.”

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival falls by ten per cent every minute without first aid.

But with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of a defibrillator within three minutes, their chance of survival could be as high as 70 per cent.

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity.

Every year, more than 800,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people.

Volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls.

They are also always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public.

Mr Dunn added: “First aid is such a simple skill, but it has an incredible impact.

“We want everyone to learn it, so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

For more information on the St John Ambulance fundraising campaign, including how to make a donation, volunteering opportunities, and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, visit www.sja.org.uk.