Wallsend Nursery Installs Defibrillator After Huge Community Fundraising Effort
A nursery thanked the community for raising funds to help raise funds for a life saving kit.
Footprints Day Nursery in Wallsend raised £ 1,500 in donations for the installation of an on-site defibrillator, a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to a person’s heart in cardiac arrest, which could potentially save their life .
Footprints deputy director Gemma Holmes said the nursery wanted to install a defibrillator for the benefit of children and the community at large.
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“There is no defibrillator near Footprints, which means if there was an emergency we would be against the clock trying to get to the nearest one.
“The nursery site is used a lot by other community groups who want to rent the site for different events and meetings, so it is important that they have access to it as well.
“Our manager Joanne Allan is very community minded and is always thinking of ways to help as a local business. It was one of those ways.”
The team were successful in raising funds through fundraising efforts including a sponsored walk and raffle which raised £ 700 for the cause, but Ms Allan also donated a percentage of the money to the defibrillator.
“We are really excited to show kids the defibrillator and teach them how it can save lives,” Ms. Holmes said.
“The older children learned basic first aid, which they all really enjoyed, so it will be of interest to them.
“In preparation for the defibrillator, we also celebrated World Heart Day this year with the children by teaching them all about their hearts, how it works and how to keep it healthy.
The defibrillator was installed free of charge by Secure Tech System, which works with the North East Heart charity to provide these vital devices to communities in need.
Now that the installation is complete, the Footprints team has turned their attention to their next community venture, an on-site sensory room.
“This is something that we have been planning for some time, but now we have been able to start the process,” Ms. Holmes said.
“The room will be used for babies and older children in the nursery, but also for children we take care of with additional needs, who will greatly benefit from having it on site.
“It will also be available to the wider community, and we are already in talks with schools who wish to reserve the room for certain days.”
The team has raised over £ 600 so far for equipment to be used in the sensory room, including LED curtains, bubble lamps and string lights.
A parent of a nursery child ran the Great North Run this year in honor of Footprint’s goal and donated £ 125 to the cause.
The nursery will host its own mini Christmas market on December 4, which will feature a number of stalls offering bath bombs, perfumes, and festive food and drink.
Nursery manager Michelle Mitchell said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support from parents and our local community. We hope we never have to use the defibrillator, but we are delighted to donate this life-saving equipment to the entire community. “
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