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Hand on Heart charity are delighted to share the news that staff and occupiers from Birchwood Park presented a number of schools with their defibrillator packages today, following the many fundraising activities held around Birchwood Park in 2019 and successfully raised over £11,500 for their two chosen charities for 2019 Hand on Heart and the local RSPCA Warrington, Halton & St Helens Branch.
With schools being so important to everyday life, having a defibrillator on the premises may not just save the lives of the children and staff but also parents, volunteers and residents within the local community.
Focusing on local areas, Hand on Heart seeks out support to help all schools to become heart safe and receive a defibrillator to be a part of the school’s first aid kit and be rescue ready should anyone suffer from a cardiac arrest whilst on school grounds. One of Hand on Hearts current campaign areas is Oldham and are delighted that their share of the fundraising from 2019 – a massive £5,817 will be used to support and make 7 schools’ heart safe.
Staff and Governors from Limehurst Primary, East Crompton St Georges Primary, Beever Primary and St Margarets Primary attended a special defibrillator presentation to personally collect their defibs from staff on Birchwood Park.
Martin O’Rourke, Commercial Director at Birchwood Park, said: ‘Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Birchwood Park, and to be able to give back to those organisations within local communities in need of help and funding is crucial and something we always strive to do.
‘We’re thrilled that, with the efforts of our on-site team and the help of our generous occupiers on the Park, we’ve been able to facilitate the installation of 7 of defibrillators into schools – we hope they’ll make a real difference.’
Ian Wilson, Associate Headteacher from Limehurst school commented “ I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all parties concerned, it is greatly appreciated and in my opinion hugely important that schools have defibrillators in their school”.
Lesley Appleton Fundraising Coordinator for Hand on Heart commented “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity on the park during 2019 and to be able to assist 7 schools in our campaign area of Oldham to become heart safe is fantastic. In the coming months ahead all the schools will receive staff AED training and pupils will undergo basic life support skills. Collectively we are protecting more than 1750 hearts daily, with these defibs – What a fitting tribute for the Birchwood Park team and occupiers on the park”!