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Take up our three-minute challenge to fund vital St John Ambulance defibrillators in your area and give your local life savers the tools to save lives.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, and the chance of survival falls by 10 per cent every minute without action. However, with CPR and the use of a defibrillator within three minutes, the chance of survival could be as high as 70 per cent.

We want to make sure we have a defibrillator available when it’s needed most, to give more people the chance to survive a cardiac arrest.

How you can help

Sign up to a three minute challenge

SJA volunteer with AED

Three minutes is the crucial time in which a defibrillator should reach a cardiac arrest victim to give them the best chance of survival. You could make a difference by taking up our three-minute challenge and fundraising to buy a St John Ambulance defibrillator for your local area.

You can come up with your own three-minute challenge or take on one of our ideas below.

Challenge ideas:

1. Get a group of friends together and ice a cake in three minutes, the best cake wins a prize.
2. You have three minutes to fundraise as much as you can, ask your colleagues, email friends and family, sell off some clutter, then nominate someone else on social media.
3. Challenge others to a three-minute sports relay, who can do the most football kick ups, hold a plank position or do the most push ups?

Sign up to our three minute challenge to receive a fundraising pack.

Support from your workplace

For corporate partners: your business could help save lives in your community. There are two ways you can get involved: ask your company to donate £1,000 – the cost of a defibrillator – to the appeal. Or club together with a group of friends, family or colleagues, and fundraise together. For more information email


Every £1,000 raised will buy a defibrillator for St John Ambulance to use in your area, where it is needed the most. Please go to our campaign page to donate or set up your own fundraising page to support the Donate for Defibs Campaign.

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