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Community safer as life-saving defibrillators are installed in schools

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 December 2017

Zoiyar Cole, in red, and Jayne Biggs, right, of Heart 2 Heart, who raised funds for this defibrillator for the Grove Primary School at Carlton Colville. With them are head Amanda Ward, left, and teacher, Sorrel Lines. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Zoiyar Cole, in red, and Jayne Biggs, right, of Heart 2 Heart, who raised funds for this defibrillator for the Grove Primary School at Carlton Colville. With them are head Amanda Ward, left, and teacher, Sorrel Lines. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

New life-saving pieces of equipment have been installed at schools in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

Grove Primary School at Carlton Colville. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Grove Primary School at Carlton Colville. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In Norfolk, defibrillators have recently been installed at Southtown Primary School in Great Yarmouth and St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School in Gorleston.

A public access defibrillator has also been installed at Gunton Primary Academy in north Lowestoft, with the latest defibrillator being unveiled at Grove Primary School in Carlton Colville.

All four defibrillators – which cost £2,471 – will benefit the schools and wider community, after popular Pakefield fundraiser Zoiyar Cole teamed up with Jayne Biggs, from the Heart 2 Heart Norfolk charity, to fund the devices.

For the past few years Ms Biggs, from Bradwell, has been ensuring residents across the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas have access to a defibrillator – a device which saved the life of her daughter Violet after she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest when she was seven.

Mrs Cole said: “Its a huge achievement. I started collecting in May and after speaking with Jayne I am so glad we have got this life-saving equipment at the four schools.

“It is so important that this life-saving equipment is there and in some places it is there for the community as well. It’s a brilliant idea – Jayne is amazing.”

With Grove Primary School’s Year 5 teacher Sorrel Lines approaching Mrs Biggs about getting a defibrillator installed at the school in Framfield Road, Carlton Colville, they were delighted to receive the life-saving equipment.

Miss Lines said: “We are extremely grateful to Zoiyar and Jayne. All the children designed thank you cards for Mrs Cole.”

Headteacher Amanda Ward added: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the defibrillators. It is something we have wanted for a long time.”

With Mrs Biggs due to return to the school this week to train all the staff over use of the equipment, she said: “The school contacted me asking for help and it was our pleasure.”

This week the first 24/7 public access defibrillator was installed by the charity in Lowestoft town centre – on the front of the
Marina Centre office – thanks to funding from Sentinel Leisure Trust.

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