Community safer as life-saving defibrillators are installed in schools
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New life-saving pieces of equipment have been installed at schools in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
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.
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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.'
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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.