Heart Day helps chil­dren beat prob­lems

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PUPILS from Prest­bury Pri­mary School have raised thou­sands of pounds for life-sav­ing med­i­cal equip­ment for chil­dren with heart con­di­tions.

They took part in a ‘heart walk’, raising £3,534, af­ter be­ing in­spired by two of the school’s pupils born with rare heart con­di­tions – Ted Rourke, three, and Han­nah Storer, eight.

Han­nah, who goes to Prest­bury Pri­mary School, and Ted, who is at the nurs­ery, were both born with con­gen­i­tal heart de­fects and needed life-sav­ing surgery.

Dressed in red, the de­ter­mined young­sters got be­hind the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion’s Wear It, Beat It cam­paign to sup­port re­search by com­plet­ing a mile walk.

Ted’s mum Sian, from Tyther­ing­ton, said: “It went fan­tas­ti­cally well. All the chil­dren from nurs­ery up to year six walked the full mile and did bril­liantly.

“There was a real buzz in the air.”

She added: “We are all just bowled over by the gen­eros­ity of the par­ents.

“The dif­fer­ence this will make is huge.

“The school has pur­chased a de­fib­ril­la­tor and it is be­ing in­stalled as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the par­ents and staff at Prest­bury Pri­mary School for a very suc­cess­ful event and all of their sup­port.”

The money will be used to buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor for the school and to make a dona­tion to Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, where Ted and Han­nah had their life-sav­ing treat­ment.

Head­teacher David Capener said: “I’m so pleased by the fantastic re­sponse to Heart Day. It was great to see the chil­dren, staff and par­ents wear­ing red.

“The spon­sored chal­lenge was just won­der­ful; the chil­dren ap­proached it with great en­ergy and in the right spirit, in­clud­ing Ted and Han­nah.

“It is the most we have ever raised for any sin­gle spon­sored event.

“As head­teacher, I would like to thank both our school com­mu­nity and Ted and Han­nah and their fam­i­lies for their gen­eros­ity and their sup­port for such an im­por­tant cause.”

●● Chil­dren at Prest­bury Pri­mary School walked a mile on ‘Heart Day’ to raise money for life­sav­ing med­i­cal equip­ment

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