Sunday, 19 September 2021

Schools defibrillator appeal nears target

THE Millie’s Dream appeal is nearing its aim of equipping 10 primary schools with defibrillators.

THE Millie’s Dream appeal is nearing its aim of equipping 10 primary schools with defibrillators.

The charity has received another £1,025 in donations in the past week and founder Sarah Roberts hopes the £1,175 needed to fund the tenth machine will be raised this week.

Ms Roberts, 44, of King’s Road, Henley, said: “We are so very, very grateful to the local community for their support.” She was inspired to launch the appeal by her six-year-old daughter Millie, who has a heart and lung condition. The first defibrillator was presented to Rupert House School, where Millie is a pupil.

A raffle at the Love Henley Christmas fair on Sunday raised £595 and an anonymous donor deposited £250 into the charity’s bank account last week.

Suzanne Stickley, of First Aid Matters, donated £100 from the proceeds of a First Aid course which took place at LA Fitness in Henley last month and Wargrave author Hannah Skaanild donated £100 from sales of her book Cat Wants Wings.

By the end of this week, six primary schools will have received defibrillators —Rupert House, Sacred Heart and St Mary’s in Henley, Peppard, Checkendon and Sonning Common. Trinity, Valley Road and Badgemore primaries in Henley will be given their machines next week.

Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger, who is vice-patron of the charity, and county councillor David Nimmo Smith, who has pledged £1,000 from his locality budget, will present the last defibrillator to Crazies Hill primary on December 16.

The defibrillator at Peppard primary could also be used in the community. Ms Roberts said: “Just outside the door there is a telephone box and we are working on the possibility of putting the defibrillator in there after school hours so that any of the local inhabitants will be within five minutes of a life-saving device.”

Ms Roberts also hopes to donate defibrillators to the four secondary schools in the area.

Rupert House School will donate the profits from its mulled wine stall at tonight’s Henley Christmas festival to Millie’s Dream. Last year, it raised £3,000.

To make a donation to the appeal, send a cheque, made out to “Millie’s Dream”, to: Barclays Bank, 10 Hart Street, Henley, RG9 2AX. The account number is 23727610 and the sort code is 20-39-53.

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