Morrisons has won a St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes award for installing life saving defibrillators in all of its stores.
The £500,000 initiative funded by the retailer’s charitable arm, Morrisons Foundation, has saved at least five lives since it began a year ago.
First aid charity St John Ambulance named the supermarket winner of the Workplace Heroes category in its annual awards, which celebrate those who stepped forward when it mattered most to help people with first aid, to support communities and have a positive impact on health.
Basingstoke Store Manager Ian Daley said: “It is important to know that this is a community defibrillator so anyone can have access to it to save a life which I believe is the right thing to do for our colleagues and customers, it’s part of being local and helping our community.”
Mark Farmer, director of first aid services, St John Ambulance said: “Our Everyday Heroes awards recognise those who give and champion give first aid to make a real difference. This huge undertaking by Morrisons to keep people safe has already reaped the rewards of lives saved and is a most deserving winner of our Workplace Hero award.
“Up to seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated with a defibrillator within the first five minutes. We know from our research that members of the public would like to see more of these vital devices in their neighbourhood, so we encourage other businesses to install defibrillators as a matter of urgency.”
You can learn more about defibrillators, how to give CPR and the Everyday Heroes awards at www.sja.org.uk