Lifesaving skills are on the timetable at North Road

Carnforth North Road School children and head Adrian Ibison are handed the new defibrillator by ADAM Appeal trustee James Mullin.
Carnforth North Road School children and head Adrian Ibison are handed the new defibrillator by ADAM Appeal trustee James Mullin.
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Children at Carnforth North Road Primary School will be learning how to help save lives after a defibrillator was fitted at the school.

Various fundraising events have been held in school in a bid to raise the £1,200 needed to pay for the device and its casing, which is to be fitted in the school grounds.

School head Adrian Ibison said the school has worked with The ADAM Appeal in Garstang, which provides defibrillators around the region.

He said: “A member of staff went to school with Adam Swanwick [who The ADAM Appeal was set up in memory of] and we had been talking about it in school and a number of staff talked about getting a defibrillator after they went on some updated first aid training.

“We were also approached about two years ago by a local doctor who believes in the need for them being around.

“We decided that we would work towards raising funds for a defibrillator, and so we got in touch with The ADAM Appeal. They were delighted because there is a shortage of defibs in Carnforth.”

The device will shortly be fitted in a special casing and placed on a wall outside the school building, so that it can be accessed 24 hours a day by members of the community if needed. The school is now running training courses for staff and governors and will then be offering similar training to parents and the wider community.

It is hoped that Key Stage 2 children (those in the juniors) will also have the opportunity to learn how to use the defibrillator.

Although the charity fundraises and pays for the defibrillators itself, it was decided in school that they would aim to raise the money to repay the appeal for their device.

Fundraising for the defibrillator began before Christmas with a collection at the school’s festive productions and cake sales, and other events are now being planned to complete the fundraising.