Bolton primary school children abseil from Trafford Centre to buy defibrillators
VOLUNTEERS from four Bolton schools took part in a 60-metre abseil from the Trafford Centre to raise money for defibrillators in their school.
Teachers and parents from the schools abseiled from shopping centre’s bell tower on Sunday, September 22 to support Bolton ICD Group.
Headteacher at St Maxentius Clare Bennett said: “It was amazing, really. Everyone who took part did a fantastic job.
“There was a huge cheer for the parents taking part. It is great that everybody did something they wouldn’t normally do, and went out of their comfort zone for a good cause.
“Everyone was absolutely petrified beforehand, but absolutely delighted after. It was a remarkable achieve-ment.”
Prior to the abseil, St Maxentius held a defibrillator fund-raiser on Friday, September 20, where pupils had a non-uniform day.
Ms Bennett added: “You just never know when heart problems are going to affect you or somebody you know. To be able to save a child’s life is invaluable.”
“We talk to the children about Christian values and doing things for others.
“The staff and pupils work closely together and I think seeing people pushing themselves to support others is amazing.
“The children are always coming up with ideas for raising money.”
Becky Melia, aged 36, whose children Millie, aged eight, and George, aged five, attend St Maxentius, helped organise the abseil for the school.
Ms Melia, of Gate Close, Harwood, said: “I was frightened as I stepped up there, but I knew my children were watching and I did not want to let them down.
“It was the most amazing feeling. The kids came and gave me a hug when I got to the bottom. I’d definitely do this again.”
Another volunteer to take part was Catherine Bell, who is a member of staff at Saint Osmunds and Andrews RC Primary School.
Headteacher John Thorp said: “There’s no way that I would be doing it. Catherine’s very brave to even contemplate doing it. She has to be given credit for her bravery.”
The school is aiming to raise £800 for a defibrillator and will hold a Love Your Heart Day on Friday, October 11.
It has done a lot of work with the Hearts and Goals campaign, which aims to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest.
Mr Thorp said: “You never know what’s around the corner. Having defibrillators will give us a great capacity to deal with any potential problems that may occur.”
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