Caldicot’s Durand Primary School is the proud possessor of a state-of-the-art defibrillator thanks to generous donations from friends and families of the school’s pupils.  Over £500 was raised at the school’s Christmas concerts and a further substantial individual contribution enabled the purchase of a Zoll AED Plus defibrillator which includes on-going support, registration with the Welsh Ambulance Service and free training sessions for staff, the community and Year Six pupils.

The school received support for the project from Cariad, a registered charity set up to raise funding for defibrillators and life-saving training and the new facility will also be available for community use – the school’s opening hours and location of the defibrillator will be made available so members of the public can access it.  The school will work with Cariad to loan the defibrillator to other premises outside term time.

Headteacher Allison Waters said: “We decided to raise funds after staff attending First Aid at Work courses discovered that the swift application of a defibrillator provides a much higher chance of surviving cardiac arrest.  Defibrillators can play a vital role in saving the lives of pupils, staff and other members of the community so we’re extremely grateful to those who have helped the school provide a lifeline for people in need.”