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Maidstone Lions have launched a project to raise £65,000 so that every school in Maidstone can have at least one defibrillator. The money raised will also go toward making sure the necessary training is provided in the schools.

The Maidstone Lions annual street collection will take place on 18th December 2021 in Week Street (Maidstone Town Centre) and all monies collected will go towards the target – which has already had a fund injection of £15,000 from the Club.

“This is an important new fund-raising initiative by Maidstone Lions to ensure every school in Maidstone is sufficiently equipped with defibrillators, and I warmly encourage as many people as possible to support their worthy cause”

Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor Fay Gooch

A recent survey of schools in Maidstone revealed that approximately one third do not have a defibrillator. Of those that do, one third expressed a desire to have additional defibrillators as their schools are large or have a number of buildings.

It is a sad fact that every week in the UK, 12 young people under the age of 35 die from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), many of these deaths take place in a school setting.

The use of a defibrillator significantly improves the chance of survival, in fact use of a defibrillator within one minute of a Cardiac Arrest improves the chance of survival by 90%, with the chances of survival decreasing by 10% with every minute that passes.

Research by the Lions has revealed that there have been cases of SADS in Maidstone schools in the recent years, some of which were adults.

This is the largest project that Maidstone Lions have attempted in its 53 years of raising funds and, probably the most important. Unfortunately, this is not something that the club can do on their own and we are looking for community support for the success of the project.

Donations to the fund can be made via their GoFundMe page.

For further information please email welfare@maidstonelions.org.uk

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