Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Strand Partnership Schools councils defibrillators fundraising reaches £7, 665.10p

It really was pleasure to join pupils and staff from the schools that make up The Strand Partnership in and around Bootle. The Schools Councils had met together to mark the culmination of their fundraising for the Oliver King Foundation. We met together at Formby Hall along with Mark King to hear all about the ideas that the schools had for raising funds and spreading awareness about defibrillators.

One of the schools has a link with a school in Sierra Leone and had taught everyone there method of applause that they had brought back with them, The first time they did it it took me by surprise because after some rhythmic clapping they all went 'sssshh' accompanied by wave movements with their hands.

It was clear that these schools had really become committed to this project and had come up with so enterprising fundraising ideas.

He was a keen sportsman who excelled in football, swimming, athletics and many other sports. Oliver passed away suddenly in March 2011, aged 12, from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) The Foundation, among other things, raises money for defibrillators and training sessions on their use. Together the schools raised £7,665.10p. My job was to hand out the medals to the schol council reps which I was delighted to do.

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