Birchwood Park hand out defibs to SEVEN Oldham schools

Date published: 12 March 2020

Staff at occupiers at the Birchwood Park business park near Warrington presented SEVEN Oldham schools with new defibrillator packages following the many fundraising activities held in 2019.

Birchwood Park successfully raised over £11,500 for their two chosen charities - Hand on Heart and the local RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch.

With schools being so important to everyday life, having a defibrillator on the premises may not just save the lives of the children and staff but also parents, volunteers and residents within the local community.

Focusing on local areas, Hand on Heart seeks out support to help all schools to become heart safe and receive a defibrillator to be a part of the school’s first aid kit and be rescue ready should anyone suffer from a cardiac arrest whilst on school grounds.

One of Hand on Heart's current campaign areas is Oldham and are delighted that their share of the fundraising from 2019 – a massive £5,817 will be used to support and make seven schools’ heart safe.

Staff and Governors from Limehurst Primary, East Crompton St Georges Primary, Beever Primary and St Margarets Primary attended a special defibrillator presentation to personally collect their defibs from staff at Birchwood Park.

Martin O’Rourke, Commercial Director at Birchwood Park, said: "Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Birchwood Park, and to be able to give back to those organisations within local communities in need of help and funding is crucial and something we always strive to do.

"We’re thrilled that, with the efforts of our on-site team and the help of our generous occupiers on the Park, we’ve been able to facilitate the installation of seven of defibrillators into schools – we hope they’ll make a real difference."

Ian Wilson, Associate Headteacher from Limehurst school added: “I would like to express our sincere gratitude to all parties concerned.

"It is greatly appreciated and in my opinion hugely important that schools have defibrillators."

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