Theresa welcomes support for defibrillators following local campaign

Theresa May has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will provide £1 million to help buy defibrillators for use in public places including schools. The policy was announced by the Chancellor in his Budget and follows a local campaign launched by Woodley resident Claire Page following the tragic death of her daughter Lilly-May from Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome in 2014.

The Chancellor confirmed that he would set aside £1 million to incentivise the purchase of defibrillators for public places, including schools, and support training in their use to save more lives. This will be funded by fines paid by banks following the LIBOR scandal.

Theresa is supporting Claire Page’s efforts to ensure that every school has a defibrillator installed so that this essential equipment is in place should any child suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. This is in memory of 5 year old Lilly-May Page, who sadly passed away last year.

Commenting, Theresa said: “I am delighted that £1 million is being provided to help buy defibrillators for public places including schools. This money will also help ensure more people are trained in how to use a defibrillator. This will help save lives and I pay tribute to Claire Page who has been campaigning for defibrillators in schools since Lilly-May’s tragic death last year.”

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