St John Ambulance volunteers across the country are raising
money to buy new equipment that could help save lives – and they
When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival
falls by 10 per cent every minute without first aid. But, with CPR
(cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of a defibrillator
within three minutes, their chance of survival could be as high as
70 per cent.
That’s why we want to make sure our volunteers have
defibrillators available when they’re needed most.
‘As the nation’s leading first aid charity, our Donate for
Defibs fundraising appeal is about asking people to help raise
money for defibrillators which our volunteers will use to treat
people who suffer a cardiac arrest.’ said Tegan Jones, Head of
In England the rate of survival to discharge for the 28,000 out
of hospital cardiac arrests where the emergency medical services
attempted resuscitation in 2013 was 8.6 per cent.
‘We want people to donate to our appeal and hold their own
fundraising events around the country to help raise money for
defibrillators in their local area’ Tegan added.
‘Every donation will help us to make sure we have a
defibrillator available when it’s needed most, to give more people
the chance to survive a cardiac arrest.
‘The more defibrillators we have, the better equipped we are to
There are two ways the public can get involved:
For more information on the St John Ambulance fundraising
campaign, visit sja.org.uk/DonateForDefibs.