Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) Secures CPR & AED Training in Cornwall Schools

Article written by Paul Williams of the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC).

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The Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) has secured the latest of many essential lifesaving AEDs for Camborne Science & International Academy (CSIA) in Cornwall. In total, 1,220 students at CSIA were CPR & AED trained in one day, making the school the first learning institution in Europe to achieve such a magnificent feat. This successful iniative followed weeks of coordinated planning between the Principal for Sport and Community at CSIA, Emmie Seward, and myself.

RRMC’s team of trainers reported that they were very impressed with the standard of ability shown by the participating students, especially the year seven students who were all very enthusiastic to get involved in the hands-on experience. The students enjoyed learning to do compressions on the manikins and using the automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Camborne Science & International Academy (CSIA) is the third secondary school in Cornwall that the RRMC has provided student training to. Previously, RRMC provided training to 1,300 combined students at Humphry Davy Penzance & Cape Cornwall St Just in the UK.

RRMC’s CPR and AED training will provide a nation of lifesavers to support our rapidly expanding network of county public access defibrillators (PADs) in the fight against sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA claims one life every five minutes in the UK and takes the life of one child in a UK school daily.

It is a proven fact that a high percentage of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates are recorded when schools have trained students with quick access to PADs. For example, in Stavanger, Norway and Seattle, Washington, SCA survival rates are at nearly 60%, compared to 7% in UK. In addition, cardiac death in Cornwall rose by 18% in 2013.

The South Western Ambulance Service, who the RRMC works very closely with, does a great job, but unfortunately they cannot achieve the impossible, as they are often unable to arrive in time to save a cardiac arrest casualty.

The RRMC is determined to secure essential lifesaving AED equipment for Cornwall’s 282 schools and colleges by the end of 2016. Leaving our children unprotected is not an option. In order to be assured that everything possible has been done, we must secure equipment in all schools.

A defibrillating shock, administered within one minute after cardiac arrest increases the chance of survival to 90 percent, according to the European Resuscitation Council.

The RRMC is currently the only organisation in the UK that has embraced a full PAD program that covers the public throughout the community. The organisation has installed AEDs throughout schools, sporting venues, and beaches. Prior to the program’s launch with the Cornishman in January 2013, there wasn’t a single AED in Cornwall.

The RRMC has secured a fantastic price deal with manufacturers for top quality equipment with growing financial support from Town Councils, Parish Councils, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Banks, Businesses, communities, private benefactors, and more. We are a small team of dedicated unpaid volunteers that raise every penny for the lifesaving training and equipment.

We passionately appeal to people for donations and to do fundraising events to secure equipment for their area. Please contact RRMC secretary Paul Williams by email at or/and telephone landline 01736 360864/mobile 07581188043.