Years 7 & 8 - CPR Training and Fundraising to Buy Defibrillators for Our Community - March 2022

In their REAL lessons, last week and this week, our Key Stage 3 students have been taught the vital, life-saving skill of performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) also referred to as Call Push Rescue. This is something our school has taught to our youngest students in previous years during the annual Restart a Heart Day, but we have been unable to do so in the past few years due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, so we are delighted to see the return of this important, practical training. We are also going to be offering this vital life-saving training to our Key Stage 4 students after the Easter break. At Kingsmeadow, we want our young people to gain the essential knowledge of how to help someone who is unresponsive and not breathing by performing CPR but also how to recognise, find and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

As part of our studies, and due to one of our students suffering from cardiac arrest on the way home from school last year, it has come to our attention that our community is lacking when it comes to having access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Thankfully, this story has a positive outcome because the young person in question has recovered, but it has also inspired us to launch a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising a huge £3,600 so that we can fund the purchase and installation of 2 AEDs in different parts of the Dunston community.

Our Key Stage 3 students are going to take on sponsored challenges during the month of March as part of the fundraiser so we hope that parents and family members will respond generously but affordably as we are aware that the current climate means that some families are experiencing financial difficulties. We have asked our year 7 & 8 students to raise between £3 and £10 for their sponsored challenge.

In addition, Mrs Ross has been writing to some local North-East businesses to ask for donations of raffle prizes which will be raffled during the interval of the three showcase performances of A Night on Broadway at the end of the month, with all proceeds going to the fund. In addition to this, Mrs Ross has also arranged a staff fundraiser to take place after school on the 5th April, so that our staff have the opportunity to get involved with contributing and boosting the funds.

The end date of the fundraiser will be Thursday 7th April so that we can hopefully order the defibrillators through the British Heart Foundation on the final day before Easter, Friday 8th April, and have them installed when we return after the Easter break.