St John Ambulance volunteers across the country are raising money to buy new equipment that could help save lives – and they need YOU!

SJA volunteer with defibrillator

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 Fundraising.

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 save lives.’

There are two ways the public can get involved:

For more information on the St John Ambulance fundraising campaign, visit