28th Oct, 2016

West Midlands Ambulance Service donates defibrillators to Birmingham ballet dancers

Sarah Mason 25th Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A WORLD class touring classical ballet company is dancing for joy after receiving not one but two defibrillators thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The Trust recently donated two automated external defibrillators to Birmingham Royal Ballet to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “Birmingham Royal Ballet is a huge organisation and, as well as its main building in Thorp Street, it has a separate storage facility and when the company is on tour there are naturally a lot of people involved.

“Last year I helped the company purchase its first defibrillator following some life-saving training we delivered to staff.”

Birmingham Airport returned two defibrillators to the ambulance service and Andy decided to donate the re-commissioned devices to Birmingham Royal Ballet, so that it now has a device at each of its locations as well an additional device to take on tour.

Sam Howe, Human Resources Assistant from Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: “The safety of our technical and administrative staff alongside our dancers is paramount, and now with these extra units we are increasing the safety for everyone in our offices and on tour; for staff and visitors, too.”