Teenager helps town prevent sudden deaths

Deborah Slator with Jared Walton and Principal Jonathan Digby
Deborah Slator with Jared Walton and Principal Jonathan Digby
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Whittlesey continues to lead the way in providing emergency treatment for cardiac arrests after a teenager’s persistence raised enough money for another defibrillator in the town.

Sir Harry Smith Community College student Jared Walton (14) persuaded school principal Jonathan Digby to hold a non-uniform day last month to co-incide with European Restart a Heart day.

And the £631 raised will allow charity Defibrillators For All to place a life-saving piece of equipment near to the sports hall at the school.

The charity has so far placed 26 defibrillators in Whittlesey, in addition to many others which have been placed around the town, and they believe no other town in the country has as many per number of the population.

Deborah Slator, the charity’s chair, who received a cheque this week from Jared and Principal Digby, said 12 young people a week die from cardiac arrest.

She also had plenty of praise for Jared who helps out at the charity’s fundraising events, saying: “It is incredible what one 14-year-old boy has managed to achieve.

“This was entirely Jared’s own idea and he managed the whole thing achieving a fantastic result.

“His efforts may one day save someone’s life and if he inspires others to follow his example perhaps many lives.”

A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest to try and restore a more stable rhythm.

The work of Defibrillators For All has been hit twice by thieves this year after units were stolen from Eastrea Road and Grosvenor Road in Whittlesey.

Neither defibrillator was recovered.