Life-saving donation in memory of Joe, 15

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A mum and dad have given life-saving equipment to the school their teenage son attended before he died.

Supporting cardiac charity SADS UK’s Big Shock Campaign, Tracey and Stephen Spooner have raised thousands of pounds in honour of son Joe, 15, who lived in Newbold. They were keen to assist Bilton School with a defibrillator as they understand how important the equipment is and wanted the school to benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, said: “SADS UK is pleased that Bilton School will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the premises. Using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival but using the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent. This is why SADS UK is so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in place.”

A defibrillator is the only piece of equipment that will restore the heart’s rhythm. If a person goes into cardiac arrest, it is crucial that the person is administered a therapeutic shock delivered by the defibrillator as quickly as possible.

For more information visit, call SADS UK on 01277 811215 or email