Pupils raise money for defibrillator

Shanklea Primary School have raised funds for a defibrillator.
Shanklea Primary School have raised funds for a defibrillator.

Youngsters at a county primary school have teamed up with a local charity to learn about heart health.

Pupils at Shanklea Primary School have joined forces with Cramlington-based NE Hearts and Goals to raise funds to get a defibrillator into school.

The school took part in a Healthy Heart day with a series of fundraising activies, and one parent, Eric Adams, even ran the London Marathon.

PE and extra-curricular coordinator, Jade Martin, said: “Shanklea Primary School are now proud owners of a defibrillator, and we are so proud of our community’s achievements to do this.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is the UK’s biggest killer, killing 100,000 every year, 15 young people every week.

“Having a defibrillator in school increases the chances of survival to between 70 and 90 per cent, we just hope other schools can follow in our footsteps.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to Mr Adams for his continued support not only in school but, to other sporting clubs and schools in our area.”

Visit www.neheartswithgoals.co.uk for more information about the charity.