Calmore junior and infants schools in Southampton have both taken delivery of a defibrillator, thanks to support from Wessex Heartbeat.

Lisa Marshall, headteacher at Calmore Junior School, said: “This initiative has been a real community effort, with New Forest District Council raising the funds and Wessex Heartbeat making the purchase of this life-saving equipment possible. We’re so grateful for all the help we’ve received"

Defibrillators give a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest, a potentially life-saving action. And the local charity has worked with New Forest District Council to arrange installation of the equipment in the school grounds.

“Of course, we hope we will never have to use our new defibrillator, but knowing it is here - should any of our pupils, staff or parents need it - is incredibly reassuring.”

John Munro, Wessex Heartbeat’s chief executive, added: “This equipment really can save lives, so it’s hugely important there is a network of readily accessible defibrillators standing by, should the worst happen. It makes perfect sense that more schools are eager to install them.

“At Wessex Heartbeat, we are always striving to improve every single area of cardiac care - from education and prevention to treatment and rehabilitation. In this case, we’re delighted to have been able to help Calmore junior and infant schools ensure they are ready to act in the event of a cardiac emergency.”

Written in conjunction with Laura Downton of Lee Peck Media