‘Inspirational’ fundraiser Cody shortlisted for award

Cody Hartley helped raise money to fund six vital defibrillators.
Cody Hartley helped raise money to fund six vital defibrillators.

A teenager who has raised money for six life-saving defibrillators in local schools and a karate club is one of three Yorkshire heroes shortlisted for a national St John Ambulance award.

Cody Hartley, of Thorpe, is a finalist in the Community Hero category of the first aid charity’s 2016 Everyday Heroes awards.

The 14-year-old began her campaign to put defibrillators into schools three years ago after hearing about a 12-year-old schoolboy who died tragically from an undetected heart condition.

She has since raised more than £6,000 through activities, ranging from sponsored walks to supermarket bag-packs and homemade campaign badge sales.

So far she’s supplied primary schools, a secondary school and her karate club in the area with a defibrillator, also known as an AED, which is used to restart the heart.

Hilltop Primary in West Ardsley recently benefited from Cody’s tireless fundraising.

Hilltop headteacher Karen Hyams said: “We are thrilled to have received the AED from Cody.

“We now have ten members of staff trained in how to use it and it’s also available to the community when the school is open.

“Cody is more than deserving of an award – what an incredible inspiration she is.”

Proud mum Sheree Hartley said: “I don’t think there’s any stopping her now.

“I’m unbelievably proud of her.”

This year’s St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards will be presented at a London ceremony on Wednesday, September 7 by musician Myleene Klass, who saved her daughter from choking.

Other Yorkshire heroes on the shortlist include Halifax AED campaigner, Lizzie Jones, the widow of Keighley Cougars and Wales rugby player Danny Jones, who died from a heart condition while on the pitch.

Our sister title, the Yorkshire Evening Post, is also a finalist for its ‘First Aid for All’ campaign to train 500 people in the city in first aid.

Simon Dunn, regional director for St John Ambulance North, said: “Everyday Heroes is the very essence of what St John Ambulance is about – ordinary people doing extraordinary things through first aid.”