The College’s chosen charity for the 2019-20 academic year, Jay’s AIM, has installed a life-saving defibrillator outside the College, accessible for use by the local community.
The defibrillator was originally installed inside the College building, having been largely paid for by a generous donation from Newton Abbot Rotary Club in 2019. With the help of Jay’s AIM, the device has been placed outside and is available to be used in an emergency, 24 hours a day, all year round.
Jay’s AIM is a charity set up in memory of James (Jay) Osborne, a young father who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28, following a cardiac arrest caused by an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition. The charity has three main aims; promoting different types of cardiac screening to young people, informing young people about cardiac risk and how it can be prevented and offering CPR/defibrillator training to as many people as they can reach.
The collaboration with the charity has seen over £3,000 being raised, which has resulted in three further defibrillators being planned for installation at Forches Cross, Decoy Park and Newton Abbot Town Centre. It is hoped that the College’s fundraising efforts will see at least ten defibrillators placed in the surrounding area.
Jay’s AIM representative, Dan Osborne, said: “It was great to be able to install the first defibrillator outside Newton Abbot College and we are currently in the process of finalising the exact location for the next three. I have been amazed by the huge variety of fundraising events the College has come up with so far; students in all years, from 7-13, have really bought into the relationship between us; we are looking forward to being able to plan as many more defibrillator installations in the coming months.”
Assistant Principal and Fundraising Lead, Katherine West, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for us at Newton Abbot College. It is not often that students can really see the tangible results of their fundraising efforts; these defibrillators are a fantastic way of not only helping to save lives, but to also show our students the positive impact they can have on their local community with their charitable actions.”