Sunday, 19 September 2021

Millie's Dream delivers 40th defibrillator

NEW defibrillators have been installed at two schools in Wargrave.

NEW defibrillators have been installed at two schools in Wargrave.

The lifesaving devices were presented to Robert Piggott infant and junior schools by the charity Millie’s Dream, which has now provided 40 community defibrillators in the Henley area since it was launched by Sarah Roberts in 2013.

The defibrillators were presented by Lord Remnant, whose family lived in the village for more than 100 years, at an assembly in front of pupils at the junior school in School Hill.

Suzanne Stickley, of First Aid Matters, then gave the children a demonstration of basic first aid.

One defibrillator will be kept at the junior school, while the other will be in a locked red box outside the infant school in Beverley Gardens and will be available for the community if needed. Each device is stored in a box and costs about £1,500. Millie’s Dream is named after Miss Roberts’s eight-year-old daughter, a pupil at Rupert House School in Henley, who has a heart and lung condition.

Miss Roberts said: “We have been given various amounts of money over the last few months and the Wargrave primary schools were always next on my list. We had enough money to buy the two defibrillators and also put in the education around it.

“Wargrave is a very spread-out little village so we probably need two more.

This is a milestone, being the 40th one, and we are going to try to get to 50 in the next couple of months.

“I now want to urge people to find out where their nearest box is. These defibrillators are for everyone and it’s important to know where they are.”

Lord Remnant said: “Sarah changed this from a family matter with Millie and now works with communities like this so hundreds of schoolchildren are more likely to live if they have an attack.”

Sally Akers, headteacher of both schools, said: “Though we hope we never have to use the defibrillators, we feel we are fully prepared to deal with an emergency now.

“We are very grateful to Millie’s Dream for gifting them to us. We also want everyone to know that the defibrillator at the infant school is for community use.”

There are already defibrillators at the Old Pavilion in Recreation Road, the Piggott School in Twyford Road, Hennerton Golf Club and Crazies Hill village hall.

In April, a veteran runner started a campaign to get up to five defibrillators installed in the village.

David Moseley is on the committee of Wargrave Runners, which organises the annual Wargrave 10km, and came up with the idea while discussing how to spend the proceeds of the previous year’s run.

Mr Moseley, of Autumn Walk, Wargrave, said he thought at least three devices would be needed.

In October, Wargrave Runners paid for the defibrillator to be installed at the Old Pavilion.

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