Wear Red Day
February 6th 2015
Today was a fund raising day at school in support of the British Heart Foundation.
For Stepping Stones parents Shelley and David Lewis, this day has special significance. In June 2012 their middle son Joe, aged just twenty, suffered cardiac arrest and died despite the best efforts of his parents and paramedics. His death was later attributed to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). A defibrillator may have saved his life.
David and Shelley have launched a charity which they have called ‘Joe’s Jumpstart’ with the aim of raising awareness of SADS. Their aim is to support schools with the purchase of defibrillators.
Shelley took the opportunity to explain to the students about the heart and about the role of defibrillators. She demonstrated the first aid technique of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and gave the students the opportunity to practise this on a model.
Shelley also showed the students how a defibrillator works.
Today students and staff wore red and made donations to Joe’s Jumpstart charity. Some delicious cakes were on sale.