Wear Something Red Day

Raising money to provide Westholme School sites with defibrillators

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Today was a non-uniform day with a difference!  Everyone in school wore red to raise money to fund defibrillators for each of the Westholme School sites.  Mrs Kath Burton of Water Wings Swim School and Mrs Sam Sheehan were our special guests for the day.  Mrs Burton ran a sponsored swim for her swimming pupils and raised an amazing £1,000.  Westholme parent, Mrs Sheehan, Executive Director for BMI Healthcare, secured funding of £1169 for Water Wings Swim School so they could buy a defibrillator. She recognises the importance of having the right equipment to hand in the event of a suspected cardiac arrest.  Mrs Sheehan said “A hospital setting is easy by comparison to a more public leisurely location.  This, along with training can save lives”. This cause is particularly close to Mrs Sheehan as her father had a heart attack last year. As a result of the funding from BMI Healthcare, plus Mrs Burton’s fundraising efforts, we were able to purchase  both the defibrillator and a heated outdoor cabinet for the pool, benefiting Water Wings swim pupils, Westholme pupils, teachers, parents, grandparents, staff and visiting schools. 

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To this end, the pupils and staff at Westholme endeavoured to raise their own money, so that all school sites could be equipped with this life-saving equipment.  All dressed in vibrant shades of red, everyone, including our Principal, Mrs Horner, completed an obstacle course which ran through the sports hall and out to the Astro turf and the netball courts.

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What an extremely active and fun way to raise money for this invaluable equpment.  Well done, everybody!

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