Further to the Jersey Heart Support Groups recently launched “Defibrillators in School Project” to install a defibrillator in every school in Jersey; the staff at Rawlinson & Hunter, Jersey raised enough funds to purchase a defibrillator in memory of their friend and colleague, Ian Atkinson.   Kicking off on Friday 31st January – Friday 14 February, the social committee arranged dress down days, a baked potato sale, cake sales, a Valentine’s Day ‘lovebox’ and guess the number of sweets in the jar to encourage staff to get involved and give generously.  Anything raised by staff was then kindly matched by the partners of the business, creating an impressive total of £2,694 in just 11 working days! Philip Volante, Chairman of the Jersey Heart Support Group said: The Jersey Heart Support Group would like to thank the staff and partners of R&H very much for donating the funds they have raised to the “Defibrillators in School Project”. They have chosen to fully fund an AED which will be donated to St Marys School, with the balance going towards a further unit. Whilst we sincerely hope that it will never be needed, we are certain it will be reassuring to all those who live or work in the vicinity that it is available should an emergency situation occur. The odds of surviving a cardiac arrest reduce by 10% every minute, so early use of an AED really can be the difference between life and death.  We hope that other organisations will continue to contribute to this valuable community project”. Staff at R&H, Jersey are already on track to beat their total raised for local charities last year which saw £7,388 shared between 16 different local causes, all from staff suggestions at the beginning of each year. A defibrillator machine and appropriate training costs between £1500-£1600 per unit; funding has been raised so far for nearly a quarter of what is required.  Information on how to donate to this project and others, can be found on the Jersey Heart Support Group website www.jerseyheartsupportgroup.org