Former pupil presents life-saving defibrillator to Hull's Newland School for Girls
A LIFE-SAVING piece of equipment has been installed at a city school thanks to a bequest from a former pupil.
Newland School for Girls has taken delivery of a defibrillator to help pupils who may have emergency cardiac problems.
The donation has come about after a bequest from a former pupil who had links with Emma Wylie.
Emma, 16, died at home in 2006 from sudden adult death syndrome (Sads).
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Her mum Sue had been a pupil at Newland School for Girls and is a member of the school's Old Girls Society.
The charity Sads supported the family at the time of Emma's death and holds the Emma Wylie Memorial Fund.
The defibrillator was gifted to the school after Emma's godmother and former Mail journalist, Lynda Murdin, passed away in April 2011.
Lynda had also been a pupil at the school and died after a battle with ovarian cancer.
Despite moving to London to work on The Times and London Evening Standard, Lynda kept close ties with the Cottingham Road school and edited the centenary book Triumphs, Tiles And Tribulations, which was published in 2007.
When she died, she bequeathed part of her estate to The Emma Wylie Memorial Fund.
It paid for the defibrillator and ten staff to be trained in its use.
It has also funded defibrillators for three schools and sports clubs in the UK.
Angela Martinson, headteacher at Newland School for Girls, said: "We know this can save lives. There is all the evidence there for it.
"This will also go on the Yorkshire Ambulance Service list so if there is a need for one in the area people know there is one at Newland."
High-profile cases have recently shown the need for immediate assistance.
Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba significantly raised awareness of cardiac conditions in the young after collapsing on the pitch during a game between Bolton and Tottenham last March.
His recovery was helped by the immediate use of a defibrillator, which was pitch-side at White Hart Lane.
Anne Jolly, founder of Sads UK, the Ashley Jolly Sad Trust, said: "Cardiac arrest can affect people of all ages, even children.
"Sads UK is pleased that Newland School for Girls will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises. It's good to know that if sudden cardiac arrest occurs the school will have a defibrillator quickly available to restart the heart.
"Using CPR alone provides a 5 per cent chance of survival but using CPR along with the defibrillator increases the chance of survival to more than 50 per cent.
"This is why Sads UK is so passionate about putting this equipment in place to save lives."