INMANS Primary School has put itself at the heart of the community in Hedon by buying a defibrillator.
During the lockdown, meals cooked in the school canteen have been delivered to people living nearby, and the proceeds from this Inmans Helping Hands service have been used to buy the life-saving equipment.
Sue Fellows, headteacher at Inmans Primary School, said: “We started Inmans Helping Hands early in the lockdown, working with the Hedon Covid-19 Responders group.”
“Initially, staff started picking up prescriptions for residents who could not leave their homes, but the school soon began running its community meals project. It proved so popular that it was extended from three days a week to five.”
Residents paid £4 for the main course and a dessert. Within weeks, the school was delivering around 20 meals per day and had raised enough money to buy the defibrillator. A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. They can be essential in the minutes before paramedics arrive.
“We are a big school and we really want to be at the centre of our community,” said Mrs Fellows “Hopefully, we have been able to reach out and help local people at a very difficult time and we would like to build upon this in the future.
“We have wanted a defibrillator in school for a while, so it is amazing that we have been able to buy one. Everyone at the school hopes this project is just the start and we can continue working with our local community in many other ways in the future.”
Councillor John Dennis, Ward Councillor for South West Holderness which includes Hedon, added his congratulations to the school “ Well done to this community minded school. Everyone, from the Head Teacher, staff, pupils, kitchen team, delivery people and all connected to the scheme deserve our sincere thanks”
Photo by Claire Bunker: Dave Osborne from Source Solutions UK Ltd, which supplied the defibrillator, with Mrs Sue Fellows headteacher at Inmans Primary School.
Source: East Riding of Yorkshire Council.