Two defibrillators installed at primary school thanks to parents' fundraising efforts

Two defibrillators have been installed at a primary school in Staffordshire thanks to the fundraising efforts of parents.

Pictured back, head teacher Jane Davies. Front, from left: Emilie Rhodes, Sarayah Dingle, Ava Grantham, Bodhi Dingle and Rachel Dingle
Pictured back, head teacher Jane Davies. Front, from left: Emilie Rhodes, Sarayah Dingle, Ava Grantham, Bodhi Dingle and Rachel Dingle

Originally, Rachel Dingle planned to raise funds for one defibrillator, but after the response exceeded expectations, two have now been installed at Fulfen Primary School in Burntwood.

More than £4,000 was raised thanks to almost 70 people who turned out for a sponsored walk back in March.

Around 35 pupils from the school in Burntwood dressed up alongside their parents for the walk around Chasewater Country Park.

Rachel, whose children go to the school, organised the event with another parent – having installed more than 20 defibrillators across the region.

She raises money through CRY ALEX, set up in memory of her brother Alex Brown who died from a cardiac arrest in 2015 – helping set up more than 20 defibrillators across Wolverhampton, Walsall and Lichfield.

The 36-year-old, who was originally from Wolverhampton said: "They have been installed on the gates and inside the reception area.

"The response has been great, we managed to raise an extra £1,000 which is being donated to the school for their community gardens.

"We raised £4,000 in total from the walk and a raffle at a jubilee event at the school.

"It is brilliant to see it in place now, the children are asking 'what's that, what's that', they are very interested."

The defibs are all installed through AEDdonate, based in Stone, who also offer training for use of the life-saving equipment.

Rachel added: "They are only young but it has really stirred them up.

"We are holding training through the charity which has installed the defibs.

"There will be whole school assemblies on the training, showing the children how to get the defibs out the box and use them."

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