Derby fundraising group wins prestigious SJA award

 Friends of Sam Wright Committee win prestigious award

Friends of Sam Wright Committee receives five AEDs for use in their community thanks to donation from ZOLL UK

Friends inspired by tragic loss


Following the tragic death of 19-year old Sam Wright in December 2011, who collapsed and died because of an undiagnosed heart condition, his friends and relatives joined together to raise awareness of the risks of cardiac arrest.

They set about fundraising for health screening and defibrillators for his former school – Woodlands School in Allestree.

The group did so well in their efforts to raise money and awareness, they were awarded the title of First Aid Champions at the prestigious St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards, which celebrates the nation’s most inspirational life savers. 

Wonderful tribute to Sam

At the event back in March, the fundraisers met with Adrian Waller of ZOLL UK PAD, whose company specialises in resuscitation and who sponsored the Workplace Hero category at the awards.

Adrian was impressed by the group’s efforts, he decided to donate five defibrillators for use in their community. Dani West, on behalf of the Friends of Sam Wright Committee, said:

‘We are absolutely overwhelmed at the generosity of everyone at Zoll. We cannot express how much their donation of five defibrillators means to us as a committee, but also what it will mean to the local community.

It is a wonderful tribute to Sam and we will do him proud by working with St John Ambulance to ensure they are distributed appropriately and more awareness is raised for the Save a Life campaign.’

Increasing the chances of survival

The Committee also joined forces with St John Ambulance to learn life-saving skills and help raise awareness of how first aid can help save lives. Chris Thornton, Regional Director for St John Ambulance in the East Midlands, said:

’At St John Ambulance we believe that everyone should have access to first aid knowledge. We have been working with the Friends of Sam Wright Committee since last year and the committee is now providing equipment, and first aid training, to help save more lives. 

The survival rate increases by more than 50 per cent if an automated external defibrillator (AED) is used within the first four minutes, so this generation donation from ZOLL may help prevent many more lives being lost needlessly.’