Karate kid inspires defibrillator donation


karate.kid.aed200x150The commitment of a Yorkshire teenager to put defibrillators in public places impressed St John Ambulance so much that the nation’s leading first aid charity donated one to her karate club.

Inspirational Cody Hartley, 11, has so far raised almost £2,000 to buy these life-saving devices, also known as AEDs, for her primary and secondary schools.

Teammates and competitors at the Newmillerdam Karate Club in Wakefield can feel assured of their safety after Cody presented them with the AED given by the charity.

She said: ‘This could mean the difference between life and death. We’ll take it to different tournaments too. It’s peace of mind especially in karate because if you get kicked in the chest then anything could happen.’

Cody first understood the importance of defibrillators after hearing the story of a 12-year-old boy who died from an undetected heart condition.

Her efforts have seen her hold car boot sales, walks and kicking out 1,000 strikes on a kick-pad.

AEDs save lives

Regional Training Manager in the North East, Fred Owen, said: ‘For each minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival fall by up to 10 per cent.

‘Survival rates increase more than 50 per cent if an AED is used within the first four minutes. Don’t be left helpless if someone needs first aid.’

Cody has given full backing to the charity’s First Aid for All campaign, in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post, which aims to get 500 people signed up for a three-hour first aid course. So far, more than 140 Post readers have booked in for a course.

The student’s tireless fundraising has also prompted MP and Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, to host an upcoming St John Ambulance first aid course from his constituency.

(Picture by Bruce Rollinson, courtesy of Yorkshire Evening Post)