News - Leek Federation Defibrillators.

A fund set up by the family of a young man who died five years ago has helped pay for three life-saving pieces of equipment at schools in Leek.

The family of Chris Defibrillator Photo 21.01.16Parr, who died in his sleep in 2010 at the age of 21, have raised almost £100,000 since his untimely death.

Most of the funds have been donated to the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity.

However, the latest donation by the family has helped to purchase defibrillators for all three schools of the Leek Federation which includes Churnet View, Leek High and Westwood College.

First aid staff at all three schools have undertaken training in the use of defibrillators.

Chris Parr, a former pupil of Leek High School and Churnet View Middle School, was a victim of an undiagnosed heart condition.

Following Chris’s death his parents, Diane and Martin, his girlfriend Philippa, along with friends and family have supported and have been involved with the CRY.

The national charity’s patrons include sporting knights Sir Ian Botham and Sir Clive Woodward.

CRY has worked locally in the Leek area undertaking several cardiac screening programmes to help detect cardiac abnormalities through electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram (ECHO) techniques.

Chris’s mum Diane Parr, said: “I think every school should have a defibrillator.

“We have been to our local MP asking for this as well asking for everyone to be screened.

“At least now the three schools of the Leek Federation have defibrillators. We have also helped fund for one at the cricket club and also the rugby club.”

A spokesman for The Leek Federation said: “We are very grateful to Diane and Martin in enabling us to do something positive to protect our young people in the memory of Chris.”

Leek High student Rachel Andrew added: “I think it’s really good to have a defibrillator in school as it could potentially save someone’s life. We, as students, have had first aid training in the past. I think it’s good that staff at all three schools have had the training to be able to use a defibrillator.”

Westwood College student Leonie Law, aged 16, who is St John Ambulance trained, said: “I think it is important to have a defibrillator in place as it could be something that is needed.”

Jane Willows, who works on the reception of the Leek High School campus, is one of the staff members which have been trained to use the defibrillators. She said: “The training session was very informative. I think it is good to have such equipment available on site.”

The Parr family will be hosting, through CRY, another screening day at Leek Cricket Club in May.

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