English Martyrs School to get new lifesaving machine thanks to a local charity.

It was a cheque donation with a difference at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College as they presented a cheque to local charity Miles for Men only for them to donate it back.

Annually, the Hartlepool school hold a mini sponsored Miles for Men race as part of the Year 6 transition week in July where students try to complete as many laps as they can in 20 minutes.

Liam Robinson, Harvey Wood, April Jordison, and Melissa Thompson, now in Year 7 at EMS, took part in the race and were on hand with to present the cheque for just under £600.

Michael Day, founder of Miles for Men, is a former student of the school and is a shining example of how the ethos and spirit lives on long after pupils leave. On receipt of the cheque, Michael said: “I can’t thank the students of English Martyrs enough for their continued hard work and generosity.”

“This year we’ve decided we are going to donate the money back to the school to go towards buying a defibrillator for the new building.”

Every year in the UK, about 60,000 people will suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival decreases by about 7% to 10% but early defibrillation, within three to five minutes, can increase the chances of survival by 50% to 70%.

Although cardiac arrest normally affects adults, 12 young people die of cardiac arrest every week in the UK.

“I hope nobody in this school ever needs to use a defibrillator.” he continued.

“But having this equipment in school could save someone’s life if they need it so we are really happy to donate the money back.”

Stephen Hammond, Head Teacher said: “I would like to thank everyone at Miles for Men for the kind donation of the money.”

“To have such a vital piece of lifesaving equipment in school is incredible, and as Michael said, I hope we never have to use it.”

“The mini-run is now in the foundations of transition week and we look forward to working with Miles for Men next year.”