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Lifesaving equipment unveiled by MP in Malpas

18 March 2016
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Lifesaving equipment for residents from the rural village of Malpas has been unveiled by Antoinette Sandbach MP.

Sanctuary Housing has funded a defibrillator for residents and the community

The MP for Eddisbury revealed a new automated external defibrillator (AED) attached to Malpas Alport Primary School which has been funded by Sanctuary Housing through its Chester Community Chest.

Pupils have been learning about the defibrillator and how to use it

Year six pupils from Malpas Alport joined Antoinette Sandbach at the ceremony and have already received training on how to use the equipment from staff at St. John Ambulance.

What is a defibrillator?

The defibrillator is a portable lifesaving device which checks heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm following a sudden heart attack. 

Christa Ripley, head of operations for Sanctuary Housing in Chester, said: “This equipment saves lives so we are delighted to have provided our support for the Malpas community with this valuable donation. Hopefully there will be no need for residents to use the defibrillator but they now have peace of mind it is there should they need it.”  

Antoinette Sandbach added: “I would like to thank the Rural Panel of Sanctuary Housing for providing this defibrillator. It will help everyone who lives locally and is a fantastic idea, which shows a commendable level of care to our community. Even the pupils have learnt how to use it. Well done to all involved.”

Sarah Worthington, head teacher at Malpas Alport Primary School, said: “With the fantastic support from Sanctuary Housing, we have been able to purchase this lifesaving equipment. Six members of staff and our Year 6 pupils have been trained by St. Johns Ambulance and are now preparing to demonstrate their skills by training members of the local community.”

The defibrillator committee, which is made up of pupils from Year 6 at the School, added: “We would like to thank Sanctuary Housing for making this possible and helping all of Malpas to be a safer place. Now our goal is to train members of the public how to use the defibrillator effectively and efficiently.”

What funding is available through the Chester Community Chest?

The Chester Community Chest offers grants of up to £1,000 to groups across Chester and the surrounding rural areas who need a financial help to deliver activities and projects within their communities.

For more information about Chester Community Chest, call 01905 335441 or 01244 305573 or email chestercommunity.chestfund@sanctuary-housing.co.uk