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College truly at the heart of the community

06 October 2014

The college was recently presented with a cheque for £1,498.80 from the Bracknell Forest Members Initiative Fund which will allow us to purchase a public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED), as well as a number of essential curriculum resources.

Under the Members Initiative Fund each of Bracknell Forest’s 42 ward councillors has been allocated £10,000 to spend on local initiatives as part of the 2013/14 Bracknell Forest Council budget.

Debbie Wallace, Student Services Senior Support and Welfare Officer for the college proposed the idea requesting funds for an AED after researching the facts about their importance:

“I discovered that around 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest each year outside of hospitals and that defibrillation increases the chance of survival tenfold. With the college being right in the heart of the town and with thousands of visitors coming here each year I think it’s really important for us to have one of these life-saving machines.”

On that basis college Principal Campbell Christie CBE put in a request to the councillors from the Wild Ridings and Central borough, Dee Hamilton and Emma Barnard, who have decided to pool their funds together and it was from this pool that the donation to the college was made.


Councillor Emma Barnard explained why they decided to approve this request:

“A defibrillator is such an important piece of equipment, it does save lives and you never know when it’s going to be needed or who is going to need it and we thought it was a really important for the college to have one as it is in such a prime site within the town.”

Councillor Dee Hamilton added:

“The funds we allocate are a way for us to support and repay our community for their contribution towards making Bracknell an excellent town to work, learn and live in. As the college is so well located within our community we saw this as an ideal opportunity to provide this potentially life-saving support for everyone.

Principal Campbell Christie CBE was delighted that the college’s request had been accepted and said after the cheque was presented:

“Part of our college vision is to ensure that we are at the heart of our community and what better way to demonstrate this than to offer local residents access to this vital piece of equipment should the unfortunate need arise. The funds will also allow us to purchase essential curriculum resources and help us to ensure our students continue to receive the best possible experience.

“We are very grateful to Councillors Emma Barnard and Dee Hamilton and I believe that the Members Initiative Fund is making a positive contribution to the local community.”

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