The importance of defibrillators being available in schools is to be raised by an Ellesmere Port councillor at a meeting of the full borough council on Thursday, December 10.

Children and families chief in the Labour administration Nicole Meardon (Sutton) is pointing out that according to Government statistics 12 young people a week in the UK lose their lives to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

In total 270 youngsters a year will die at school.

Eighty per cent of young people who die through SCA are said to have had no previous symptoms.

It is known that immediate CPR and defibrillation increases the chance of surviving from 6% to 74%.

Cllr Meardon’s motion continues: “Many schools within Cheshire West and Chester have been able to benefit from opportunities to provide defibrillators for schools.

“However, there are still schools which have not been able to access these schemes.”

She is asking the council to resolve to:

Raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in young people and promote the importance of having defibrillators in schools.

Facilitate funding and sourcing opportunities by working in partnership with organisations, such as Hand on Heart, the Blacon Defibrillator Fund and the British Heart Foundation alongside working with local businesses, charities and community groups.

Make all schools in Cheshire West and Chester ‘Heart Safe’ by encouraging opportunities for all schools to acquire a defibrillator and training in basic life support for staff and young people.

Cllr Meardon’s motion is seconded by Conservative councillor Eleanor Johnson.

It will go before councillors at the meeting of the council taking place in Winsford.