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First aid charity offers up defib campaign help

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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A LEADING first aid charity has come up with a special offer as part of its backing for the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.

St John Ambulance has secured a series of special rates that will allow the likes of fitness centres, gyms and businesses across Burton and South Derbyshire to buy defibrillators and the special training needed to use the devices at a discounted rate.

The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged when he suffered a cardiac arrest while he was working out at a local gym.

Now, the charity has introduced two special offers for businesses that want to protect their staff and visitors.

The special offers are:

l Buy a Zoll AED Plus Fully Automatic External Defibrillator, including wall bracket, carry case and responder kit, and get a two hour AED requalification course for up to 10 people and a free first medium workplace first aid kit for £1,460.

l Buy a Zoll AED Plus Fully Automatic External Defibrillator, including wall bracket, carry case and responder kit, and get 10 people trained on a comprehensive four-hour AED course and a free alpha medium workplace first aid kit for £1,695.

John Cavanagh, regional commercial training director for St John Ambulance in the Midlands, said: “St John Ambulance believes that no-one should die because of a lack of first aid when they need it so we fully back the Mail’s campaign.

“The survival rate increases by more than 50 per cent if an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used within the first four minutes, so immediate defibrillation could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“We hope the special offer encourages more gyms, fitness centres and other businesses to safeguard the wellbeing of their staff and visitors with an AED.

“You never know when you may need to use it to save someone’s life.”

Anyone who would like to take up the St John Ambulance on the offer is urged to call the charity on 01212 141580 and quote AEDBURTON.

More information about St John Ambulance and workplace first aid and health and safety training in the Burton area and South Derbyshire area is available online at www.sja.org.uk

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