Children get active to support help a heart campaign

Evesham Journal: Ellie O'Hanlon (6), Jacob Tagg (6), Amy Marshall - who is supporting the defribullator campaign by leading a Zumba session with the children and William Hughes (4). All the youngsters wore red to support the Health for Heart campaign. Ellie O'Hanlon (6), Jacob Tagg (6), Amy Marshall - who is supporting the defribullator campaign by leading a Zumba session with the children and William Hughes (4). All the youngsters wore red to support the Health for Heart campaign.

CHILDREN at Inkberrow First School have been getting active this week in a bid to support a local campaign to raise money for three life saving village defibrillators.

The youngsters wore red to school on Monday and took part in a Zumba session to show their support for the Help a Heart Campaign in Inkberrow and will be raising money throughout the week with a range of activities both for the defibrillator and new ICT equipment.

The appeal, which is being backed by the whole village, is aiming to raise £6,000 for three community defibrillators with 24 hour access as currently there is only one defibrillator at the doctors, which is only available for use part time.

Amy Marshall, one of the campaign organisers, led the pupils in their Zumba session on Monday.

She said: "We started raising money for the defibrillators recently. We are looking at £2,000 for each one and we are hoping to get three for the village.

"We thought the village needed a defibrillator really, especially with all the sports stuff. Obviously I do a lot of fitness stuff in the village. There is only one at the doctors surgery but it's not 24/7.

"We need a public access one so that people can get to it if they need it.

"We are putting on defibrillator awareness sessions and we are going to do hold a family fun day on Sunday, July 13, at Inkberrow Sports Field from 11am."

And the children at the school are hoping to help the campaign.

Headteacher Heather Thomson said: "It's fitness week at the school and we are doing a big fund raising campaign, and splitting the money between the village defibrillator campaign and getting much needed ICT equipment.

"We decided to support the help a heart campaign to say thanks for what the village does for us. The children will be getting sponsors for the activities they are doing during the week."

A number of teachers and staff at the school are also raising money by taking part in the Mud Run at Eastnor Castle on Sunday, June 29.

To support the Help a Heart campaign visit justgiving.com/yimby-help-a-heart.

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