Pupils hand over new equipment

Holywell First School handing over a defibrillator machine to Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade showing TVLB members (left to right) John Wright and Harry Harrison.'REF 2403151386
Holywell First School handing over a defibrillator machine to Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade showing TVLB members (left to right) John Wright and Harry Harrison.'REF 2403151386

A life-saving organisation has been presented with a vital new piece of equipment thanks to the generosity of children.

Pupils at Holywell First School, in south east Northumberland, organised a fancy dress walk to raise money for a defibrillator provided by the Hearts with Goals charity.

It’s really touching that it has come from money raised by children and they chose us as one of the organisations to support.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley

They initially targeted £500 but raised more than £1,600 – deciding to purchase a defibrillator for the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) using the extra money.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “We’re extremely grateful for it. It’s really touching that it has come from money raised by children and they chose us as one of the organisations to support.

“This one is really high-tech, is easy to use, which will help us in stressful rescues. It will be put to good use.”

Headteacher Sarah Brett said: “For a small village school to be able to help save the lives of so many people, we are completely thrilled.”

“The walk went exceptionally well and on the day we raised slightly more than we expected, a total of £1,005, and with the additional support of Hearts with Goals, we planned to place a community-use defibrillator within the village as well as the school one.

“We were thrilled when more and more sponsor money came into school and we raised a huge £1636.95.”