Fundraiser pays for town’s seventh school defibrillator. Youngsters across Bolton learned how to “Love their hearts” as part of a fundraiser to boost cash for defibrillators. The Bolton ICD Support Group held their first Love Your Heart Day to mark World Heart Day with schools across Bolton. The support group was founded to support patients with a ICD and also raises cash of defibrillators for schools and sports clubs in Bolton.
Tracey Wilkinson, Fundraiser for the group, donated their Seventh defibrillator to St Bartholomew’s Primary School in Westhoughton as part of the event. They also visited Hindsford CE School in Atherton, Markland Hill Primary School and St Maxentius Primary School to deliver a talk on defibrillators and how to look after your heart.
All pupils and teachers wore red of the day and donated £1 to Bolton ICD Support Group. Mrs Wilkinson said “Love Your Heart Day was a huge success and it looks like the school’s participating have raised in the region of £1000 altogether. On Friday Grace Eden and I visited St Bartholomew’s where we donated our seventh defibrillator and watch an assembly hosted by their Year 6 class. The assembly was amazing and sent chills down my spine when they re-enacted the Fabrice Muamba scene. Our next stop was Hindsford CE School in Atherton and we visited each classroom to talk to the children about why they were wearing red. Then at lunch time we popped into Bolton college to see the information stand and raffle to raise money for Love Your Heart Day. Later we visited Markland Hill Primary School where myself and Miss Ewens held an assembly which focused on what Miss Ewens and Fabrice Muamba have in common, which is they both have ICD’s.”