Originally, we asked Dr Andrew Mitchell, Jersey’s Consultant Cardiologist, around June 2013, if he could suggest a worthwhile project that the Jersey Heart Support Group, which he encouraged us to set up in 2011, could commit to.
As there was quite a lot of publicity, around that time, about a young boy called Oliver King, who died during a swimming lesson at school in the U.K. he suggested that it would be really good if we could raise funds to provide AEDs (Automatic external defibrillators) to schools in Jersey.
An old school friend of the JHSG Chairman & Founder (Phil Volante) was at the time the Deputy Head at the Education Department at that time. Phil spoke to him about the idea and he was, understandably, very supportive.
He arranged for a risk assessment to be done which resulted in JHSG being provided with a prioritisation list which had every public, private, special and alternative curriculum schools in the island on it, in total approximately 45 different sites. At the time only 3 of the sites already had an AED.
We committed to taking on the project and arranged publicity to generate interest from the public. This resulted in lots of support from individuals, sporting groups, schools, corporates, etc, ranging from a few pounds to several thousand pounds.