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Dartford and Gravesham schools in line for life saving equipment

PUBLISHED: 17:43 04 August 2011

Allison Spalding

Allison Spalding

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»Life-saving medical equipment will be installed in primary schools as the first part of a campaign launched by the mother of an eight-year-old boy who suffered a fatal heart attack in school.

Allison Spalding, 37, will use funds raised since the death of son Charlie Morettes at Sutton-at-Hone Primary School, Dartford, four years ago to install defibrillators at six schools in north Kent.

Mrs Spalding, of Cuxton, near Higham, has already had a £1,500 machine installed at Cuxton Primary, but will also hand life saving equipment to Sutton-at-Hone, Horton Kirby and Anthony Roper Primary School, Eynsford in September.

‘Big expense’

A further two machines have yet to be assigned to a specific school.

She said: “Many of the fundraising activities have been in Dartford so my first priority is to see the defibrillators installed in the Dartford and Gravesend area. We have had many people requesting their school be considered.

“There are around 30,000 primary schools across the UK and at £1,500 each that is a big expense but it is something I’m passionate about.”

Charlie was playing rounders with friends when his heart suddenly stopped on May 16 2007 and despite the efforts of medical staff he could not be saved.

“Whether a defibrillator could have saved him, we’ll never know but every minute the heart remains stopped it is harder to start,” she said.

Mrs Spalding added: “If these machines help to save just one life it is fantastic.”

Working with charity SADS UK which is campaigning for a defibrillator in every school, Mrs Spalding aims to raise around £15,000 a year, equalling 10 machines.

To find out more or get tickets to her next event, a charity ball at Brands Hatch race course on November 19, email Allison.spalding@btinternet.com

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