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Gateshead officers back campaign to install defibrillators in schools

11 Sep 2018 14:00 PM

PCs Andy hyde and Emma Bowman with defib [View Full Size]
Neighbourhood officers in Gateshead are backing a campaign to install defibrillators in schools in their local community.
Their day job normally sees them catching criminals and keeping people safe in a patch that covers Whickham, Swalwell, Ryton, Blaydon, Greenside, Winlaton and Crawcrook.
But that's not the only way they are looking to save lives with the team fundraising to get life-saving equipment installed in schools.
The team have already had some success and have seen defibrillators installed in 11 different schools on their patch.
But they don't want to stop there and hope that they can help raise enough money to get the equipment fitted at every primary school in Gateshead West.
 
PC Emma Bowman got the Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team involved after helping to get a defibrallator installed in her daughter's school last year.
She said: "I initially got involved and began to raise funds and awareness to get this life saving equipment in my daughters school.
 
"Police officers come across a number of tragic cases every single day and it is heartbreaking when a child dies.
"So when the team saw me raising money for this cause they wanted to get involved and do what they could to help in their areas”.
"Now we have managed to help get 11 defibrillators installed in schools and that makes us feel very proud.
"Even if all this equipment saves the life of just one child then it would have been worth it."
Schools to have installed the equipment in the area the team cover include Whickham Fellside Primary School, Whickham Parochial School, Whickham Clover Hill Primary School, Swalwell Primary School and Front Street Primary School. 
The Team now plan to raise funds to purchase lifesaving defibrillators for Ryton Infant School, Ryton Junior School, Crookhill Primary School, Emmaville Primary School, Greenside Primary School, St Agnes Primary School, and St Mary & St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School. 
The Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team have raised £980 via Just Giving but each set of equipment costs £650.
In a bid to raise more money they have donation buckets at a number of businesses, pubs and social clubs in Ryton and Crawcrook. 
 
Every single year as many as 270 children die in the UK after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest at school.
Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the person’s chances of survival by up to 10 per cent when they go into cardiac arrest.
 
To help Gateshead West NPT in their fundraising efforts visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/defibs4schools.
For more information about the fundraising visit Defibs4Schools on Facebook or via our Just Giving Page. If you want to support the campaign you can also email 473@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.