Kind teenager gives more lifesaving gifts

Resuscitation development officer Jane Atkinson, store manager Ian Payne and Katie Morley, whose fundraising efforts helped to pay for this defibrillator and two others in Longridge
Resuscitation development officer Jane Atkinson, store manager Ian Payne and Katie Morley, whose fundraising efforts helped to pay for this defibrillator and two others in Longridge
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Fifteen-year-old Katie Morley’s ambition to put defibrillators in public places has been realised for a third time.

Her third gift of the lifesaving equipment has now been used to train staff at the Booths store in Longridge.

Katie had already given defibrillators to Longridge High School, where she is a pupil, and to the town’s sport and arts centre. Her determination to raise money for defibrillators resulted from her collapsing on the sports field.

She lost consciousness while playing netball and realised later that she might well have needed help from just such equipment.

So she set about raising funds for the units and in April was congratulated on her achievement by Blackburn Rovers star Jordan Rhodes, who took time out of his visit to talk and be photographed with her.

Katie went along to the Booths training day after the supermarket welcomed the offer to house a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) there.

This will now be available to be collected and used by the Longridge First Responders in case of an emergency call-out.

The unit was officially presented to Booths by Preston North End player Lee Holmes at Longridge High School at the end of April, a ceremony at which Katie was also present.

Eight members of staff from the Booths store were trained in its use by Jane Atkinson, community resuscitation development officer for North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

She took the trainees through emergency life support and how to safely operate the equipment so that they were had comprehensive heart based training.

Additional training will continue to be administered throughout the team by Dan Seed, a duty manager at Longridge Booths. Dan is also a retained fire officer and crew manager at Longridge Fire Station.