Bolton ICD support group gives defibrillator to St Bartholomew's Primary School in Westhoughton
YOUNGSTERS across Bolton learned how to ‘love their hearts’ as part of a fundraiser to boost cash for defibrillators.
The Bolton ICD Support Group held its first Love Your Heart Day to mark World Heart Day with schools across Bolton.
The support group was founded to support patients fitted with implantable cardiac defribrillators (ICDs) but now raises cash to buy defibrillators for schools and community groups in Bolton.
Tracey Wilkinson, fundraiser for the group, donated their seventh defibrillator to St Bartholomew's Primary School in Westhoughton as part of the event.
They also visited Hinsdford CE School in Atherton, Markland Hill Primary School and St Maxentius Primary School to deliver a talk on defibrillators and how to look after your heart.
All the pupils and teachers wore red for the day and donated a £1 to Bolton ICD Support Group.
Ms Wilkinson said: “Love Your Heart Day was a huge success and it looks like the schools participating have raised in the region of £1,000 altogether. On Friday Grace Eden and I visited St Bartholomew’s Primary where we donated our seventh defibrillator and watched an assembly hosted by their year six class. The assembly was amazing and sent chills down my spine when they re-enacted the Fabrice Muamba scene.
“Our next stop was Hindsford CE School in Atherton and visited each classroom to talk to the children about why they were wearing red.
“Then at lunchtime we popped into Bolton College to see the information stand and raffle to raise money for Love Your Heart Day.
“Later we visited Markland Hill Primary School where myself and Mrs Ewens held an assembly which focused on what Mrs Ewens and Fabrice Muamba had in common, which is they both have ICDs.”
Love Your Heart runs alongside The Bolton News’ Every School Leaver A Life Saver campaign.
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