Helping hand for Widnes teenagers defibrillator campaign

Halton Housing has provided a funding boost for the distribution of defibrillators across Halton.

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Halton Housing has provided a funding boost for the distribution of defibrillators across Halton.

Aidan Jackson, 16, from Widnes, was recently presented with a cheque for £1606.80, following a successful application to Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative.

Acknowledged as an inspiration by the Prime Minister in 2018, the 16-year-old is on a mission to ensure defibrillators are within easy reach of as many people as possible in Widnes at various sites in the community.

Since setting out, Aidan has raised enough funds for three community defibrillators for the Ditton area. The extra funding boost from the Helping Hands initiative will go towards securing two further defibrillators.

Speaking of his delight at securing the funding, Aidan Jackson said: “Huge thanks to Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative for their very generous donation towards my community defibrillator fundraising. I originally had plans to fundraise for one community defibrillator and it is amazing that I am now looking at numbers four and five.”

Aidan’s mum described the donation as amazing. Caroline Jackson said: “This generous donation is absolutely amazing and will help to ensure that more people have access to life-saving equipment in emergency situations.”

Debbie Jameson, Halton Housing customer engagement officer said: “We’re honoured to lend our support to such an important cause.

As well as ensuring that our homes are safe and secure, as the largest landlord in Halton we recognise that we have an active part to play in the wider community by helping to create new opportunities for individuals and groups and contributing to the quality of local life. Our donation to Aidan’s defibrillator campaign will be a tremendous benefit to all local residents.”

Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative makes available funding, skills, materials and resources to community projects and groups which benefit the Borough.

A defibrillator is a lifesaving device which can be used to give a shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest. The device analyses the casualty’s heart rhythm and will give you visual or voice instructions to guide you through each step. Only when it is safe to do, the device will advise a shock.

Aidan is currently looking for suitable sites that are willing to have the community defibrillators in coded cases installed. The sites also have responsibility for the upkeep of the community defibrillators.  Aidan is appealing to local businesses to get in touch if they can support Aidan’s fundraising further or if they could become a site for one of the community defibrillators in a coded case. If you think you can help, contact Aidan’s campaign by visiting Twitter @Teddy_challenge or facebook.com/Aidansteddybearchallengefundraiser/.

If you or someone you know run a community-based project that could benefit from the support of Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative, whether it’s a refurb of a scout hut, a kitchen makeover in a community centre, or a hospice garden in need of some tlc, get in touch today for an application form. Simply email helpinghands@haltonhousing.org or visit the Helping Hands website page for further information.

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