School buys defibrillator

Holywell First School handing over a defibrillator machine to Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade showing TVLB members (left to right) John Wright and Harry Harrison.'REF 2403151386
Holywell First School handing over a defibrillator machine to Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade showing TVLB members (left to right) John Wright and Harry Harrison.'REF 2403151386

Youngsters at a south east Northumberland primary school have been hard at work raising money towards the cost of a defibrillator.

The pupils at Holywell Village First School have taken part in a fancy dress walk to raise £500 towards the cost of the life-saving device, provided by the Hearts with Goals charity.

For a small village school to be able to help save the lives of so many people, we are completely thrilled

Sarah Brett, headteacher

Headteacher Sarah Brett said: “The walk went exceptionally well and on the day we raised slightly more than we expected, a total of £1,005, and with the additional support of Hearts with Goals, we planned to place a community-use defibrillator within the village as well as the school one.

“We were thrilled when more and more sponsor money came into school and we raised a huge £1,636.95.”

A new defibrillator has now been purchased for Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade using the extra money.

Mrs Brett added: “For a small village school to be able to help save the lives of so many people, we are completely thrilled.”

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “We’re extremely grateful for it.

“It’s really touching that it has come from money raised by children and they chose us as one of the organisations to support.

“This one is really high-tech, is easy to use, which will help us in stressful rescues. It will be put to good use.”