Heart Day helps children beat problems
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