Ashton Community Trust’s ongoing commitment to supporting the community took another step forward with the sponsorship of much needed defibrillators to five local schools. These simple devices can and do save lives of young and old alike.

A defibrillator is an electrical device that provides a shock to the heart when there is a life-threat present. Their presence in these schools will provide that assistance if and when required, although we all hope this is never the case.

Little Flower, St. Malachy’s College, St. Patrick’s PS, Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagain agus Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain were all recipients. John Fleming from the ACT Board said “We are delighted to be able to support schools and local young people in this way. We hope to train all the relevant staff in their use and enable the schools to provide treatment when required. We see this project as part of our ongoing commitment to making North Belfast a better place for its residents to live and prosper. It does this through the provision of services, employment, training and community development.” Little Flower teacher Mrs Sampson summed up the feelings of all involved.

“The members of Little Flower Student Council are absolutely delighted to accept the most generous gift of a brand new state of the art defibrillator from the Ashton Community Trust. Since the Council were elected in October 2016, one of our main goals was to purchase a defibrillator. It has been a pleasure to work collaboratively with John Fleming from the Ashton Community Trust and we are extremely grateful to him and his team for assisting us in achieving our goal”.

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