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Leeds Road school looking for donations to raise money for a defibrillator

St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s Primary School is looking for donations to their Christmas Fete to raise money for a much-needed defibrillator.

A primary school on Leeds Road is looking for donations to their Christmas Fayre to raise money for a defibrillator.

St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s Primary school is looking to raise £1000 through their Christmas Fayre to purchase a defibrillator that will be used by both the school and the local community.

The primary school is appealing to local people and businesses to donate items that they can raffle off or cash donations that will go to the cause.

The school is excited to host their Christmas Fayre since missing it last year due to the pandemic.

A defibrillator is a medical tool that delivers a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest. It is an essential lifesaving tool for someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest.

There are thousands of defibrillators installed across the UK in public areas such as parks, workplaces, high streets, and sporting venues – these public access defibrillators are known as PADs.

A defibrillator is most effective when administered within the first minute of a victim collapsing.

If a defibrillator is used within the first minute, the survival rate can be as high as 90%

What a public defibrillator looks like. Image: Tanja-Denise Schantz.

If a defibrillator is used within the first 3 to 5 minutes, the likelihood of survival is roughly 74% showing that having a defibrillator close by really makes all the difference.

Headteacher Michelle Khambhaita said: “After undergoing first aid training at the start of the school year we realised just how important defibrillators are. We don’t have one in the community, so we are hoping to raise enough money at our Christmas Fayre to purchase one.

“The defibrillator will be placed outside the school and so it will be available for the whole community to use. We need a defibrillator because they save lives. They can be used on children or adults, and you never really know when someone needs one. A person could look perfectly healthy and then need assistance with a defibrillator.

“We know that our community is a hotspot for heart disease, so we think it is really important that we have one because you never know when you are going to need it.

“We have phoned around local businesses, but we haven’t had much really. We thought we would have loads of support, but we haven’t yet.”

The Christmas Fayre is an annual tradition for the school, but they couldn’t hold one last year because of the pandemic. Mrs Khambhaita added: “We’ve held the fayre every Christmas for some years, but we missed out last year because of the coronavirus. Everyone is looking forward to it. It is a lot of work, but all the staff and children get involved.”

The fayre will include bric-a-brac stalls, a tombola, a chocolate raffle, arts and craft stations, and food and drink available to purchase.

The school will also be holding a nativity for the first time since 2019. “We are busy rehearsing the songs the nativity, it such a lovely time of year. We have our fingers crossed that the Government’s rules don’t change so that we can have the children’s parents in as we missed out last Christmas”, Mrs Khambhaita said.

The Fayre will be held on Friday, 10 December. Usually, the money raised would go to projects within the school.

For more information or to donate items, you can contact the school on 01274 773977 or office@stpeters.bradford.sch.uk.

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