Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Defibrillator number 31 unveiled at Millie’s school

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed at a school in Henley.

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed at a school in Henley.

The device is housed in a locked box outside Rupert House School in Bell Street for use by the community as well as staff and pupils.

It is the 15th community defibrillator — and the 31st overall — to be installed as a result of the Millie’s Dream appeal, which was launched by Sarah Roberts in September 2013 and is named after her seven-year-old daughter, a Rupert House pupil, who has a heart and lung condition. The device was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mrs Robers and Millie. Headteacher Claire Lynas said: “It is so important that the girls and boys at Rupert House have access to the defibrillator but also very important that the community has access too.”

Mrs Roberts of King’s Road, Henley, said: “I would like to thank the school for their fantastic support. This defibrillator means we can now cover all four corners of Henley.

“We have had fantastic support so far and have been approached recently by people in other communities.

“We hope to continue to raise awareness because we lose 12 young people a week to sudden cardiac arrest.”

The other community defibrillators in Henley are outside HSBC in Market Place and at the Leichlingen pavilion in Mill Meadows.

Mrs Roberts stressed the importance of dialling 999 in the case of an emergency and speaking to the ambulance service, which will provide the code to unlock the box housing the nearest defibrillator.

To make a donation to Millie’s Dream, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/milliesdream

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