St John’s Ambulance gets defibrillator in memory of Ireton Wood grandad

Jacquie West presenting the defibrillator to the St John's Ambulance.
Jacquie West presenting the defibrillator to the St John's Ambulance.

A life-saving piece of equipment has been donated to the St John’s Ambulance in memory of a grandfather.

The volunteers in Belper have received a new defibrillator that could help save lives, after a generous donation as a tribute to Ian West from Ireton Wood.

The donation of around £1000 was made by the family of Ian who died last October.

His widow, Jacquie, visited the Belper volunteers to present the defibrillator which will be used by the charity’s first aiders locally and at events in the area.

She said: “Neither of us wanted a funeral and Ian had made it quite clear that he was determined that instead of the cost of a funeral, he would rather the money go to charities and good causes that would help other people after his death.

“Over the past few years we had heard of defibrillators and Ian so much wanted to get the money together to buy one and have it placed somewhere that was easily accessible.

“This is what brought the family into thinking what we could do with any donations raised after Ian’s death.”

Bruce Leeke, St John Ambulance regional director welcomed the donation and said: “We’d like to thank Mrs West for this very generous donation. A defibrillator is a vital piece of life saving equipment and will help us deliver an even better service at events.”

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival falls by 10 per cent every minute without first aid. With CPR and a defibrillator within three minutes, survival could be as high as 70 per cent.