Foundation celebrates its 50th defibrillator

The Connor Saunders Foundation handed over its 50th defibrillator last week (Monday 27 February) to staff and pupils at St Mark’s School in Brighton.

We are proud to support their life-saving work, having already provided funding for the machines to be introduced to 10 schools in Brighton and Hove. The foundation was set up by the family of Connor Saunders, who died in April 2012 aged just 19-years-old. He was killed in an unprovoked attack outside a supermarket in Rottingdean, East Sussex.

Connor’s mum Darran Saunders and sister Courtney Saunders-Jones, presented the milestone defibrillator at a special assembly to mark the occasion. As well as donating the machines, the foundation educates children about the importance of making the right choices in life, and also provides first-aid training.

About 12 young people die every week from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK, so having access to a defibrillator can be life-saving. As part of our 50th anniversary appeal Sussex Giving for Sussex Children, we are providing funds for a further 20 defibrillators to be placed in schools around Sussex.

We believe it is so important for our local schools to not only have access to this equipment, but to also learn how to use it. To find out more about the project, please click here.

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