Karate kid inspires defibrillator
The commitment of a Yorkshire teenager to put
defibrillators in public places impressed St John Ambulance so much
that the nation’s leading first aid charity donated one to her
Inspirational Cody Hartley,
11, has so far raised almost £2,000 to buy these
life-saving devices, also known as AEDs, for her primary
and secondary schools.
Teammates and competitors at the
Newmillerdam Karate Club in Wakefield can feel
assured of their safety after Cody presented them with the
AED given by the charity.
She said: 'This could mean the difference
between life and death. We'll take it to different tournaments too.
It's peace of mind especially in karate because if you get kicked
in the chest then anything could happen.'
Cody first understood the importance
of defibrillators after hearing the story of a 12-year-old
boy who died from an undetected heart condition.
Her efforts have seen her hold car boot sales,
walks and kicking out 1,000 strikes on a kick-pad.
AEDs save lives
Regional Training Manager in the North East,
Fred Owen, said: ‘For each minute that passes
without defibrillation, the chances of survival fall by up to 10
‘Survival rates increase more than 50 per cent
if an AED is used within the first four minutes. Don't be left
helpless if someone needs first aid.’
Cody has given full backing to the charity’s
First Aid for All campaign, in
partnership with the
Yorkshire Evening Post, which aims to get 500 people signed up
for a three-hour first aid course. So far, more than 140 Post
readers have booked in for a course.
The student’s tireless fundraising has also
prompted MP and Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, to host an upcoming St
John Ambulance first aid course from his constituency.
(Picture by Bruce Rollinson, courtesy of
Yorkshire Evening Post)