Life-saving defibrillators placed in Hartlepool schools

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre security staff Adam Goodwin, left, and Ray Hughes, right, with centre manager Mark Rycraft, with a defibrillator
Middleton Grange Shopping Centre security staff Adam Goodwin, left, and Ray Hughes, right, with centre manager Mark Rycraft, with a defibrillator

A PLAN to save more lives has been launched in Hartlepool.

A bid to put defibrillators into schools across the town has been put together by a group of people including Mark Rycraft, the manager at the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

They have formed a project called defibs4hartlepool and their plan of action comes after statistics which showed 12 young people die each year across the country from cardiac arrest.

Defibrillators are £600 each and the team want them to go into as many of Hartlepool’s 35 primary and secondary schools as possible.

Mr Rycraft said he had recently attended an event which focused on defibrillators, adding: “A shocking statistic was shared which was that 12 young people die every week from cardiac arrest.”

It prompted him to launch an appeal to both fundraise for defibrillators and raise awareness of heart health issues. “We want to signpost to schools the need for prevention and awareness,” he said.

Defibs4hartlepool has already raised around £900 but there is a long way to go. The cost of a defibrillator and training is £1,000 and people wanting to back the cause can visit http://defibs4hartlepool.wordpress.com/

Shopping centre security staff Adam Goodwin, Ray Hughes, and Paul Foster are backing the cause and have formed the project with Mark. Adam, a security supervisor in the centre, said: “We want to put out the message to them that a heart attack can happen at any time and anywhere.”

Ray, a security officer, said: “A defibrillator is an important tool and we want to raise awareness of them.”

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