Selwood has donated a training defibrillator to Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford.

The life-saving piece of kit will be used by staff for further practice in addition to the annual training that they receive.

Selwood discovered that they no longer had use for the device, now that their training is delivered by St John’s Ambulance, so they approached Thornden School who immediately said yes to the donation.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.  Defibrillation is an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

Ems Hughes of Selwood, said, “Although defibrillators are extremely simple to use, many people are daunted by the prospect of operating them in a life and death situation. With more and more defibrillators in workplaces and the community, it has become important to give the public confidence in using them.”

Roy Blades, Senior Site Manager, of Thornden School, said “We have two defibrillators available at the school for our staff and pupils, as well as for the wider community that makes use of our facilities. We are very grateful to Selwood for giving our staff the opportunity for extra practice in using this important piece of kit”.