Ap­peal to fund life-sav­ing gear for chil­dren

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A cru­cial cam­paign to fund equip­ment that could save lives has been launched by a chil­dren’s char­ity in the city. Lit­tle Mir­a­cles, the char­ity which sup­ports fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren, ad­di­tional needs and life lim­it­ing con­di­tions, is try­ing to raise £3,000 to buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor for their head­quar­ters at The Spin­ney Cen­tre in Hartwell Way, Raven­sthorpe.

Michelle King, who set up the char­ity, said: “In the past year we have had six or seven chil­dren fall un­con­scious while they have been with us. The last boy we had to re­sus­ci­tate our­selves, whiletheam­bu­lance and air am­bu­lance came. Thank­fully the boy had come round by the time the am­bu­lance ar­rived. But it could eas­ily have ended very dif­fer­ently.

“It takes seven or eight min­utes for an am­bu­lance to get to us, and that could be cru­cial. The near­est de­fib­ril­la­tors are ei­ther at the Bret­ton Cen­tre or the hos­pi­tal, which is too far to run.

“This equip­ment re­ally could save some­one’s life.”

While train­ing will be given, Michelle­saidthek­it­would be avail­able to be used by ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.

She said: “The equip­ment is very sim­ple to use, and can talk peo­ple through how to useit, what­set­tingstouse­and things like that. It makes ev­ery­thing re­ally easy to use.

“There are a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups who use the­cen­tre­and­peo­ple­who­live near-by, and they would have ac­cess to the ma­chine. It is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.”

A crowd­fund­ing page has been set up to try and raise the money - al­though if they don’t reach their £3,000 goal by Septem­ber 7, they won’t get any money to help buy the ma­chine. Peo­ple do­nat­ing are able to pick up small re­wards for help­ing the cam­paign.

To help, visit www.crowd­fun­der.co.uk/de­fib­ril­la­tor­for-lit­tle-mir­a­cles

Michelle King

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