The Halifax Academy wins a life saving defibrillator

The Halifax Academy has won a life-saving defibrillator in a Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) competition.

The academy was one of 105 schools to take part in Restart a Heart Day last term, when 20,000 youngsters across Yorkshire were taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

As part of the event, YAS organised a poster competition for participating schools, which was won by our student, Imran Arif. His drawings will be used to promote the 2017 Restart a Heart Day, which will be held in October.

Mick Kay, Headteacher Secondary Phase, said “We were extremely proud to welcome our former student Imran back into the academy for the presentation of his award. Imran produced an excellent piece of art work which will be displayed in school for pupils and staff to view.

We are very fortunate to have received the defibrillator, a very important piece of equipment which will also benefit the local community.

We are committed to helping our students become responsible and caring citizens, so Restart a Heart Day was a valuable opportunity to equip over 350 of our students with both the confidence and the knowledge to be able to save a life, which is an incredibly important skill.”

Over 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year. Early CPR and defibrillation play a key role in significantly increasing the patient’s chances of survival.