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Woodhall Primary School's thousand-mile effort funds new defibrillator for benefit of Sudbury community




The ongoing campaign to increase the amount of live-saving equipment in Sudbury has been given another boost, after local children collectively ran over a thousand miles to fund a community defibrillator at their school.

Woodhall Primary School marked the installation of a 24/7 defibrillator on its premises this week, to be made available for all community members in the vicinity of Mayflower Way, in case of an emergency.

Pupils at Woodhall Primary School in Sudbury raised £8,000 to fund a defibrillator on the school premises, which is available for use by the whole community...Pictured: Pupils along with Sian Guyton (LSA) and Pamela Adams (HLTA)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (13842108)
Pupils at Woodhall Primary School in Sudbury raised £8,000 to fund a defibrillator on the school premises, which is available for use by the whole community...Pictured: Pupils along with Sian Guyton (LSA) and Pamela Adams (HLTA)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (13842108)

Pupils raised the funds for the machine, after they staged an enormous sponsored run around their school field, as part of their education about the importance of community and charity, and keeping a healthy heart.

They completed 8,260 laps between them – the equivalent of 1,033 miles – and raised £8,044, with each participating youngster receiving a commemorative water bottle from the Friends of Woodhall School.

Headteacher Matthew Fuller said: “This has been an incredible event.

“The effort of the children to keep running was just remarkable, while the response from our community has been truly humbling.

“It just shows what can be achieved when a community comes together in support of a common goal.”

Pupils at Woodhall Primary School in Sudbury raised £8,000 to fund a defibrillator on the school premises, which is available for use by the whole community...Pictured: Pupils along with Sian Guyton (LSA) and Pamela Adams (HLTA)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (13842143)
Pupils at Woodhall Primary School in Sudbury raised £8,000 to fund a defibrillator on the school premises, which is available for use by the whole community...Pictured: Pupils along with Sian Guyton (LSA) and Pamela Adams (HLTA)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (13842143)

This is the latest in a recent surge in the number of publicly-accessible defibrillators in Sudbury, following the launch of a drive to have at least 10 of them up and running before the end of this year, with a long-term goal for all Sudbury residents to be within two minutes of a live-saving device.

The campaign’s founder, Andy Read, who survived a cardiac arrest last year, told the Free Press: “This is such good news for Sudbury and means the town should now have 10 24/7 defibrillators by the end of December 2019.

“The more that are within two minutes of anyone having a cardiac arrest, the more chance of survival. Well done Woodhall School.”

The Free Press reported last month on a pledge by Sudbury resident Graeme Weir to finance four defibrillators for the town with his own money.



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