Village school’s superheroes help save lives

Pupils at Asfordby Hill School who helped raise more than ?1,700 for a new defibrillator for the village with a 'Super Heroes Day' EMN-161114-101632001

Pupils at Asfordby Hill School who helped raise more than ?1,700 for a new defibrillator for the village with a 'Super Heroes Day' EMN-161114-101632001

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Fundraising schoolchildren who hoped to raise money for a life-saving defibrillator at their school made so much cash they can now provide another two or three in their village.

Around 160 Pupils at Asfordby Hill Primary School dressed as their favourite superhero characters and took part in a fun run and a welly walk.

Sponsorship flooded in and the children were astounded when they ended up raising £2,400.

Year three teacher David Kemp, who helped organise the fundraisers, said: “We were absolutely amazed by the amount the children were able to raise.

“We were hoping to make a few hundred and then expecting to have to do another fundraiser later on to get the rest of the money to pay for a defibrillator.

“But with the amount we ended up with we can now buy three or four so the community will benefit as well as the school.

“We are bowled over by the generosity of everyone who sponsored the children.”

The idea to buy a defibrillator - a portable machine which can treat people with heart conditions by delivering a therapeutic electric current - came from the school council, which is made up of one or two children from each year.

They had heard about a public defibrillator in Melton being vandalised in September and thought they should provide one at their school.

Mr Kemp said: “Some of the children have just done their First Aid training so the idea came from there as well as the news about the vandalism.

“Because there are lots of families here there needs to be defibrillators available so we will place two in central locations in the village.

“The children dressed as superheroes because it was all about doing good for the community.”