Scholar fundraises over £1,400 to keep his fellow students safe

Published: 20 Mar 2017

Josh Drinkwater, a Year 13 Scholar and student at Lydiard Park Academy, has raised over £1,400 to buy a piece of life-saving equipment for his school.

Josh realised the importance of having a defibrillator on site after attending a First Aid training course last year where he learnt how to deal with a casualty who was both unconscious and not breathing.

“I have applied to study Medicine at university next year so have a passion about public health (and at the time cardiology). I believe strongly that defibrillators should be as readily available in public spaces as fire extinguishers are because a cardiac incident could happen at any time.”

Josh calculated that with the nearest defibrillator being 16 minutes away there was a risk that a cardiac arrest occurring at school could cause life-changing brain and cardiac damage. So, he set himself a challenge to minimise this risk and raise enough money to buy a defibrillator for the school.

Josh organised a jam-packed day of fundraising at Lydiard Park Academy. ‘Heart Day’, which coincided with Valentine’s Day, raised awareness and funds through love letter and rose deliveries, cake sales, busking, quizzes and a red themed non-school uniform day.

Having far exceeded the target, Josh was thrilled to raise a total of £1,400.15, “The money we have raised means we will be able to buy the defibrillator and reduce the chances of fatality in the event of a cardiac incident on our school premises. I think it’s important other schools also consider this to increase chances of survival during a cardiac incident if it were to occur on their premises too.”