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Funding helps Appleby Primary School to buy life saving equipment

June 2015

Appleby Primary School has been able to purchase a defibrillator thanks to funding from Story Homes.

The life-saving equipment will be situated at the school and with the help of the First Responders of Appleby, will be available for community use outside school hours.

The equipment restarts the heart after someone has experienced a cardiac arrest. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent. Early defibrillation on a patient would increase survival rates from less than 5% to more than 50%.

The Department of Education advises that all schools provide lifesaving defibrillators as part of their first aid provision and Appleby Primary School were keen to install the emergency device.


Left: Rachel Pearson, Headteacher, Appleby Primary School Right: Debra Parkin, School Business Manager, Appleby Primary School

Debra Parkin, School Business Manager at Appleby Primary School is responsible for the introduction of the equipment and says: “Having a defibrillator in school means that in the event of a pupil, staff member, visitor, or someone from the surrounding community suffering a cardiac arrest, we can help to give them the best chance of survival. We are grateful to Story Homes and Murton cum Hilton and Appleby First Responders for their help in enabling us to do this.”

Story Homes is a family owned business and with a high ethical value key to its success, is proud of its community links in the areas in which its works.

Story Homes are currently working in Appleby and its Orchard Place development has proved popular with  customers who want to take advantage of living in the picturesque Eden Valley. For further information on Orchard Place, click here or phone 07711 463439.