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Asda donate lifesaving gift to Barking school

PUBLISHED: 11:48 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:51 21 October 2014

Ricky Lovell from Barking Asda presenting the heart defibrillator and £406 to Manor Infants' School

Ricky Lovell from Barking Asda presenting the heart defibrillator and £406 to Manor Infants' School

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Barking students welcomed a lifesaving gift into their school when a supermarket donated medical equipment which can save people suffering a cardiac arrest.

As over 250 children in England die from heart attacks each year, Manor Infants’ School said they thought a defibrillator would be a “wise investment”.

Despite winning Barking Asda’s community programme, Chosen By You Given By Us, the school, on Sandringham Road, still didn’t have enough money to buy the £1500 product.

The local supermarket ended up donating a defibrillator and raised £406 to be spent on batteries and training for the school.

Ricky Lovell, Barking Asda’s community colleague, delivered the gift on Monday and said: “It’s a great opportunity because all the Manor Schools can benefit from it and is important because children are the future and they’re part of our community.”

Defibrillation is a common treatment for heart attacks and uses an electrical current to shock the heart back into pumping again.

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