Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire was delighted to join former Borough Council Mayoress, Sue Murrin-Bailey, at the SADS UK Big Shock Parliamentary Reception, where the charity urged Government to make defibrillators in schools mandatory.
It is estimated that 270 cardiac arrests occur in schools in the UK each year. SADS UK held 'The Big Shock Campaign' Parliamentary Reception to provide information to MPs and Ministers showing why schools should have defibrillators on their premises.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
"That 6 children suffered cardiac arrests at school this year and sadly died serves to highlight the importance of having defibrillators in our schools. Having a defibrillator on the school premises could have saved their lives.
“At this event we heard the personal experiences of charity members affected by these awful events and from the Ambulance services who are the first to respond in these cases. It is truly sad to think that these young people had the rest of their lives in front of them.
"I was delighted to welcome former West Lancashire Mayoress Sue Murrin-Bailey to Parliament and to join her at this event. During her year as Mayoress Sue has done excellent work to raise awareness of, and to fundraise for, the Lancashire Defibrillator Campaign. Work, for which, she should be wholeheartedly commended. The money she has raised for defibrillators will make a real difference, it will save lives. It is fantastic that Sue continues to support the work of the campaign after her year as Mayoress has ended."
Sue Murrin-Bailey said:
"As part of the ongoing work with North West Ambulance Service and North West Air Ambulance the Lancashire Defibrillator Campaign met with Rosie Cooper at Westminster, where we offered support to SADs UK as part of their Big Shock campaign. This aims to see defibrillators in Schools, not only to safeguard against the 270 deaths of school age children every year because there is not a defibrillator on site but also to protect all staff, parents and all users of school facilities. Where I am a School Governor in Skelmersdale a parent collapsed with a cardiac arrest at school just before Christmas, luckily the ambulance service was nearby so the patient was saved but it serves to highlight the importance of having defibrillators in our schools."
Sports activities can exacerbate cardiac problems. Blunt blows to the chest, such as that of a football or rugby ball can cause Commotio cordis, resulting in cardiac arrest. Other factors besides heart disease and heart attack include Respiratory arrest, Electrocution, Choking and Trauma
SADS UK is petitioning Government to make defibrillators available in schools and people may sign the petition by contacting the charity. In the meantime SADS UK continues working with schools and the community to put defibrillators on the premises to save more lives.
For further information about putting defibrillators into schools and ‘The Big Shock Campaign’ Anne Jolly on 01277 811215 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.