Ed Balls MP supports St John Ambulance call for
life saving defibrillators
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed
Balls is backing a campaign to get more defibrillators into
schools and work places with a visit to St John
Ambulance's West Yorkshire offices.
Surprisingly simple to use
The MP for Morley and Outwood was told the machine – called an
Automated External Defibrillator – could mean the
difference between a life lost and a life saved in the
case of a heart attack.
During his visit to St John Ambulance's offices in
Ossett, Wakefield, on Wednesday 21 August, Ed also
praised 11-year-old schoolgirl Cody Hartley who
contacted him about raising money for AEDS in local
He said: 'I'm sure most people would think defibrillators are
really difficult to use but as I have learned today at St John
Ambulance it's surprisingly simple.'
'Cody has done some fantastic work to get a defibrillator into
her primary school, and with the help of St John Ambulance, she is
on track to get more of these life saving machines for her
community. She is planning to continue fundraising and I will be
'And I'm backing St John Ambulance's campaign to raise awareness
of these devices and the benefits they could bring to workplaces,
schools and community organisations' added Ed.
An important piece of equipment
St John Ambulance is urging businesses and organisations visited
by significant numbers of members of the public to keep one to
Training Manager Fred Owen from St John Ambulance said: 'An
important piece of equipment that can save lives in the minutes
after someone suffers a cardiac arrest. The machine shocks the
heart back into action and can be operated by most people
regardless of the level of their first aid knowledge, although
training is recommended.'
'In the UK, one person suffers a heart attack every six minutes
and as many as one in three will die before they reach hospital.
For each minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of
survival fall by up to 10 per cent. However, survival rates
increase by more than 50% if an AED is used within the first four