Banbury primary school gets defibrillator thanks to local business

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A primary school in Banbury has recently been given a defibrillator thanks to a local business.

Last Wednesday (November 20) Mr Niall Dodds, managing director of Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research Ltd, presented an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator (AED) to William Morris School in Banbury.

Mr Dodds said: “Following First Aid training in our company, I found out how important AED’s can be. The chances of surviving a heart attack are massively increased with the swift use of such a device. I was also surprised to learn that they are not compulsory in schools.

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"Drew Kamphuis from First for safety Oxfordshire told me about a scheme whereby schools can buy a defibrillator at a discounted price.

"As a company we have links with William Morris School on Science, Design and Technology and it felt like a good idea to sponsor an AED for the school. I would encourage other local businesses to do the same for schools in their local community.”

As part of the presentation, Drew Kamphuis from First For Safety Oxfordshire delivered training in the use of the AED to 40 pupils, staff and parents at the school

Drew said: “First For Safety Oxfordshire Ltd are so delighted that Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research has purchased a defibrillator for William Morris School. All Schools should have a Defib they can get one for half price through a fantastic, not for profit, Government Scheme."

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