Mum’s lifesaving gift to Kirkby College

The Lester family from Kirkby visited Kirkby College on Monday to present a Defribrilator in memory of their son, former pupil Richard Lester who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome at the age of 22. Parents Frank and Jill Lester and Richards brother Chris, left, are pictured presenting the equipment to Assistant Head Mark Golden, centre, watched by staff and pupils and Ian Bryan from the West Midlands Ambulance Service who is in school to provide training.
The Lester family from Kirkby visited Kirkby College on Monday to present a Defribrilator in memory of their son, former pupil Richard Lester who died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome at the age of 22. Parents Frank and Jill Lester and Richards brother Chris, left, are pictured presenting the equipment to Assistant Head Mark Golden, centre, watched by staff and pupils and Ian Bryan from the West Midlands Ambulance Service who is in school to provide training.
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A KIRKBY mum who donated a defibrillator to Kirkby College says she hopes the machine can help save lives.

Frank and Gill Lester lost their son Richard (22) to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), a condition in which the heart’s pumping rhythm is disturbed and stops, in 2001.

The Lesters have spent the last couple of years collecting money through various fundraisers to help people suffering from the condition.

Gill said: “We went to a SADS conference in London and found out a defibrillator had saved a young girl’s life so we decided to buy one. She had died and they used it to bring her back to life.”

Gill, whose son Richard sadied overnight while in bed, added: “We could not save Richard because he was in bed but to think you could save somebody’s life.

“The college were really grateful and they had a paramedic there on the day we presented it to show the students how it works.”

Defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death when a person goes into cardiac arrest as they deliver a therapeutic shock to restore the heart’s rhythm.

Anne Jolly, Founder of SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, said: “SADS UK is grateful to Frank and Gill Lester for funding the defibrillator and raising awareness of the importance of this lifesaving equipment. Having a defibrillator at the college means that anyone suffering a cardiac arrest will quickly receive lifesaving therapy.”