Malpas school unveils new lifesaving equipment

Eddisbury MP joins Malpas Alport pupils to welcome new automated defibrillator

Noel Atkinson, of Sanctuary Housings Rural Residents Panel, with Antoinette Sandbach, Christa Ripley and the defibrillator committee

Lifesaving equipment for residents in Malpas has been unveiled by Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach.

The MP revealed a new automated external defibrillator (AED) attached to Malpas Alport Primary School which has been funded by Sanctuary Housing through its Chester Community Chest.

Year 6 pupils from Malpas Alport joined Mrs Sandbach at the ceremony and have already received training on how to use the equipment from staff at St John Ambulance.

The defibrillator is a portable lifesaving device which checks heart rhythms and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm following a sudden heart attack.

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Head of operations for Sanctuary Housing in Chester, Christa Ripley, said: “This equipment saves lives so we are delighted to have provided our support for the Malpas community with this valuable donation. Hopefully there will be no need for residents to use the defibrillator but they now have peace of mind it is there should they need it.”

Antoinette Sandbach added: “I would like to thank the rural panel of Sanctuary Housing for providing this defibrillator. It will help everyone who lives locally and is a fantastic idea, which shows a commendable level of care to our community. Even the pupils have learnt how to use it. Well done to all involved.”

Christa Ripley, head of operations for Sanctuary Housing in Chester, presents the defibrillator at Malpas Alport Primary School

Headteacher at Malpas Alport Primary School, Sarah Worthington, said: “With the fantastic support from Sanctuary Housing, we have been able to purchase this lifesaving equipment. Six members of staff and our Year 6 pupils have been trained by St John Ambulance and are now preparing to demonstrate their skills by training members of the local community.”

The defibrillator committee, which is made up of pupils from Year 6 at the school, added: “We would like to thank Sanctuary Housing for making this possible and helping all of Malpas to be a safer place. Now our goal is to train members of the public how to use the defibrillator effectively and efficiently.”

The Chester Community Chest offers grants of up to £1,000 to groups across Chester and the surrounding rural areas who need a financial help to deliver activities and projects within their communities.

For more information about Chester Community Chest, call 01905 335441 or 01244 305573 or email

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