A mother has donated a defibrillator to Manshead School in memory of her son who passed away in 2013.
Sarah Pyatt is supporting the SADS UK Big Shock Campaign by fundraising in Jake’s memory, who died aged 16 of an undiagnosed genetic heart condition. She has helped put defibrillators in five schools.
The machine restores the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest, the earlier it is used the better the chance of survival.
It is easy to use by the layperson and provides voice prompts to the rescuer.
Sarah said: “I am doing this because I want to keep Jake’s memory alive and stop other families going through what we have been through.
“I also want to help save lives, that is what the defibrillators do, I believe all schools should have them.
“So far I have helped get them into St Vincent’s Primary School, All Saints Academy, Houghton Regis Academy, Parkfields Middle School in Toddington and Manshead.
“There is a plaque with Jake’s name on next to the defibrillator at each school, that is a touching tribute to him.
“I want to raise awareness of SADS and help get the machines in more schools.”
The East of England Ambulance Service carried out the defibrillator training at the school on Monday.
Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, said: “SADS UK is grateful to Sarah Pyatt who has supported the charity significantly.
“SADS UK is pleased that Manshead School will benefit from having a defibrillator on premises to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the premises.”
The Department for Education is advising schools about the lifesaving potential of having a defibrillator on site.
If you would like more information about SADS, call Anne Jolly on 01277 811215.