Widnes family donates lifesaving equipment to schools

James McCullock and Kelly Smith with the defibrillator at St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

James McCullock and Kelly Smith with the defibrillator at St John Fisher Catholic Primary School

First published in Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

LIFESAVING equipment has been donated to four schools in memory of a Widnes business woman.

Emma Brady, who owned BBs bar in Victoria Road, was only 35 when she suffered a heart attack and died on New Year’s Day in 2011.

Her sister-in-law, Louise Brady, aged 35, and Emma’s parents, Marie and Anthony teamed up with cardiac charity, SADS UK to launch a memorial fund in her name.

They have raised funds through various events, including the Liverpool Marathon to fund defibrilators, which restore the heart rhythm if someone has a cardiac arrest.

They have worked tirelessly to urge the Government to make defibrillators mandatory in schools.

Louise, a staff nurse, of Elstree Court, Widnes, said: “Emma was very healthy. It came as a complete shock.

“We want to do something positive out of this tragedy.”

Louise’s latest donation is to St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Edward Street, Widnes, where her children are among the 227 pupils.

Staff have been shown how to use the lifesaving equipment by the North West Ambulance Service.

Margaret James, the school’s office manager, said: “All 18 members of our staff have now been trained so that they will be able to use the equipment.”

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: “If CPR is used it gives a person a five per cent chance of surval, but coupled with using the defibrillator it increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.

“This is why we are so passionate about putting this lifesaving equipment in place.”


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