Kind-hearted staff at one of the leading hotels in Preston have donated a defibrillation machine to Broughton Business and Enterprise College.
Employees at the Legacy Preston International Hotel gave the school the money after being moved and inspired by the British Heart Foundation’s Stayling Alive campaign.
The donation of the £1,000 machine was also motivated by Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba and his near death experience.
The footballer was revived during a match against Tottenham last year and was ‘dead’ for 78 minutes following a cardiac arrest.
Deputy manager at the Legacy Preston International, Bernadette Plumb, said that hotel staff were delighted to be able to help by providing the potentially lifesaving equipment.
She said: “Although we desperately hope the defibrillator will never have to be used, we are delighted to have been able to donate a machine to Broughton Business and Enterprise College.
“Having access to a defibrillator can quite simply make the difference between life and death and we hope the machine not only gives everyone at the school some peace of mind that it is there but can also help the students in their learning.”
PE teacher at Broughton Business and Enterprise College, Adele Jones, added: “As a school we place huge emphasis on sport and extra-curricular sporting activities.
“A defibrillator will provide reassurance to the staff, parents and students. All first aiders will be made familiar with using the device and eventually the rest of the staff and students will receive training.
“This will provide Broughton students with a life skill which can then be used outside of the school setting at various different community venues should they have access to the correct equipment. We would like to thanks Legacy Hotels for their generosity and the potential life saving device they have provided the school with.”
Out of every 10 cardiac arrests in the UK, seven are said to occur outside of hospital and the chance of survival reduces by 10 per cent for every minute that passes. CPR can double the chance of survival and a defibrillator can improve survival chances by a further third.