The fund-raising efforts of Uckfield Community Technology College students were recognised in a visit by the High Sheriff for East Sussex last week.
Juliet Smith met members of Leos, a junior branch of the Uckfield and District Lions Club, and said she was impressed to learn of their passion for voluntary work and, in particular, their focus on providing defibrillators within their community.
She added: “I hope all that they are doing will inspire other young people to follow suit and in so doing help save lives.”
The Leos helped raise about £2,000 towards buying, installing and training the UCTC first aid team to use a defibrillator now to be found on a wall in reception.
The fund-raising was boosted with grants from Uckfield Lions, Uckfield Rotary Club and through a sponsored London to Brighton cycle ride by teachers Dan Tweet and Rory O’Connor.
The defibrillator is a briefcase-sized box and available for use on someone in cardiac arrest. The machine is simple and safe and gives clear spoken instructions.
Once in position the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm and delivers a shock if needed.