A Heartstart training session by the British Heart Foundation at Whitehills Primary School has sparked an incredible enterprise project which will help saves lives in the local community.
Inspired by the need to provide the Forfar community with a defribrillator, the two primary six classes led by teachers Mrs Pamela Jarosz and Mrs Elaine Wilkie have worked through their play-times and lunch hours to raise over £750 – in only four weeks.
They have set themselves the target of £1200 to buy not one, but hopefully two community defibrillators, and they are asking where they should be sited.
The pupils formed seven working groups and began manufacturing rubber band bracelets and decorated bags.
The whole school community has got behind their efforts, with donations flooding in for an open afternoon they held to showcase their products.
Mrs Jarosz said: “We sold our own products as well as wooden ornaments, tablet and chocolate donated by pupils and their families.
“We have raised money from our efforts so far and we would now like to offer the community of Forfar the opportunity to have a say in where the defibrillators will be located and most needed.
“The pupils have taken this project on board in a huge way. We are so excited and motivated by the children’s enthusiasm and determination to succeed. We are so very proud of them all.”
Anyone with any suggestions is asked to contact the class teachers.
A defibrillator is an electrical device that shocks the heart in a life threatening situation, thus saving a life.
Jessica Ross (11), who contacted the Dispatch and Herald, said: “If it saves at least one person’s life in the community then it would be worth raising all the money.”
Log on to www.forfardispatch.co,uk for a video on the Whitehills Primary School project.