Sunderland rotary clubs help save lives by Donating for Defibs

City rotary clubs have given the gift of life after donating cash towards a new defibrillator for Sunderland's St John's Ambulance organisation.

Friday, 22nd April 2016, 1:12 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2016, 3:20 pm
Volunteers Colin Jameson, left, and Andrew Horsley with a new defibrillator.

The four Rotary Clubs of Seaburn, Sunderland, SR1 and Wearside all joined together to raise £1,000.

The cash injection will be used to fund a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – a machine that shocks the heart to restart after a cardiac arrest – as part of St John Ambulance’s Donate for Defibs fundraising initiative, to buy new equipment that could help save lives.

The new AED will be housed at the charity’s Sunderland Unit.

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Dr Jill Jobson, regional fundraising co-ordinator for the North East said: “We are delighted to be chosen by the Rotary Clubs in Sunderland and thank them for investing in this vital life-saving equipment, to help safeguard Sunderland and surrounding communities.”

“In England, the rate of survival to discharge for the 28,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests where the emergency medical services attempted resuscitation in 2013, was 8.6%.

“Every donation will help us to make sure we have a defibrillator available when it’s needed most, to give more people the chance to survive a cardiac arrest.

“The more defibrillators we have, the better equipped we are to save lives.”

Keith Higgin, secretary of the Rotary Club of Seaburn, said: “We are delighted our combined donation has been used to support the charity’s life-saving defibrillator initiative, to ensure its volunteers are better equipped to save lives.”