A SCHOOL near Cockermouth has been given a mobile defibrillator which is available to everyone in the local community as well as pupils, parents and staff.

It was given to Bridekirk Dovenby School by McCarthy Stone, with support from Castlegate Surgery.

The company has a local Retirement Living development, Lancaster Court, in Cockermouth.

A spokesman said: "McCarthy Stone funded the costs of the defibrillator which will help increase the rate of survival should anyone be unfortunate enough to suffer from a cardiac arrest.

"It will provide immediate support at any point throughout the school day.

"The defibrillator is also capable of being taken on day trips, providing parents and staff alike with peace of mind."

Sourced by Castlegate Surgery, the defibrillator is suitable for use on a child or adult. The surgery has provided vital training to the school staff and regular service checks will be carried out.

Head teacher Julia Fish said: “While there are community defibrillators in the surrounding villages, we were growing ever conscious that we needed a mobile defibrillator on the school premises.

"All children have their own very individual needs, both academically and medically, and having a defibrillator close by is reassuring should it ever be needed.”

Declan Fishwick, marketing executive at McCarthy Stone, said: “When we heard Bridekirk School was in search of a defibrillator we were only too happy to help with its funding.

"Whilst we hope it is never needed, we know that it brings reassurance to the local community that if there is ever an emergency a mobile defibrillator is close by.

“At McCarthy Stone our friendly communities are there to support one another.

"Creating a sense of connection with schools as well as the local community helps to foster great relationships with that of our staff and our homeowners.”