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The LQTS Fund has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Community Fund 2013
A NORTHWICH charity that provides schools with life-saving equipment has been shortlisted for a community grant.
The LQTS Fund has been shortlisted for the Lloyd Community Fund 2013, which will give grants to more than 1,300 local good causes in villages, towns and cities across England and Wales.
Four groups in each community will receive an award – two will benefit from a grant of £3,000 while the other two will receive awards of £300 each.
The LQTS fund - set up by Ruth and Chris Helm after their daughter Leilah survived a cardiac arrest – helps to put defibrillators in Northwich schools.
Wincham Primary School, University of Chester Academy Northwich and The County High School Leftwich have already benefited, with Ruth and Chris currently in the process of donating a fourth.
A grant of £3,000 would allow another three schools to receive a device.
Ruth said: “Leilah was three at the time and had never shown any symptoms of heart abnormality but in February 2012, after a lovely family Sunday, our lives were thrown into turmoil.
“She cried out in her sleep and when we checked on her she was unconscious and not breathing.
“We started CPR immediately and within five minutes the paramedics arrived – the defibrillator in the ambulance saved Leilah’s life.”
Leilah has since been diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome which means her parents must carry their own defibrillator wherever they go.
Ruth added: “As many as 270 children die after suffering sudden cardiac arrest in British schools each year.
“In many cases a defibrillator or AED can be used to put the heart back into normal rhythm and save a life.
“These machines are designed to be used by anyone, even without training, but when used with immediate CPR success rates are very high.
“We are incredibly lucky that our little girl is still alive.
“Putting defibrillators into schools makes them much safer places for our children.”
Ruth added: “We are really excited to have been shortlisted.
“Hopefully, people will vote for us so that we can equip three more schools with this life-saving piece of equipment and also provide training in essential life-saving skills.”
Voting is open until November 1. You can vote for the LQTS Fund at lloydsbankinggroupcommunities.com, by texting VOTE and the unique code KPSD to 61119, or by visiting your local branch.
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