School's meals buy a defibrillator for local community

Fri, 19 Jun 2020

Inmans Primary School has put itself at the heart of the community in Hedon by buying a defibrillator.

During the lockdown, meals cooked in the school canteen have been delivered to people living nearby, and the proceeds have been used to buy the life-saving equipment.

Sue Fellows, headteacher at Inmans Primary School, said: "We started Inmans Helping Hands early in the lockdown, working with the Hedon Covid-19 Responders group."

Initially, staff started picking up prescriptions for residents who could not leave their homes, but the school soon began running its community meals project. It proved so popular that it was extended from three days a week to five.

Residents paid £4 for a main course and a dessert. Within weeks, the school was delivering around 20 meals per day and had raised enough money to buy the defibrillator.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. They can be essential in the minutes before paramedics arrive.

Mrs Fellows said: "We are a big school and we really want to be at the centre of our community.

"Hopefully, we have been able to reach out and help local people at a very difficult time and we would like to build upon this in the future.

"We have wanted a defibrillator in school for a while, so it is amazing that we have been able to buy one.

"Everyone at the school hopes this project is just the start and we can continue working with our local community in many other ways in the future."

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