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Cardiac Awareness

Just before half term the school had a day in support of Joe’s Jumpstart a charity started by Shelley in memory of her son Joe.  This is an annual event which sees students across the school receive basic first aid awareness and is aimed at improving all of our knowledge of cardiac disease and conditions.  It is a startling fact that up to 17 young people in Britain collapse and die from cardiac arrest each week in Britain.  Thanks to this charity the school has a defibrillator which can be used in case of an emergency and another ready for Undershaw.


Feedback from Shelley Lewis who started the charity:

 As you all aware we started Joe’s Jumpstart after losing our lovely son to sudden cardiac death in 2012, the aim of the charity is to raise awareness of this condition, to campaign for defibrillators to become as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers and to provide free basic First Aid training to anyone who asks! All money raised goes to helping schools buy their own defibrillator and in the training of how to use these pieces of equipment. We have lobbied  Parliament and are proud to have been mentioned by David Cameron in Prime Minister’s Question Time. Michael Gove, the Minister for Education at the time, kindly wrote to us to thank us for highlighting the need for defibrillators within schools.

All told, Stepping Stones raised a phenomenal £298.73 during the Wear Red Week; we are delighted and humbled by your kindness, generosity and help in our venture. The best thing that could ever happen to one of our defibs is that it never gets used, but should the need arise, we might, thanks to you, just be able to save a life.