Family’s feats put two life-saving devices in schools

Daniel Crossand his sister Emma held a cake and wrist-band sale at school to raise money for vilage defibrilators
Daniel Crossand his sister Emma held a cake and wrist-band sale at school to raise money for vilage defibrilators
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A family’s fundraising efforts has put two life-saving devices in two village schools.

Julie Cross, from King’s Sutton, has spearheaded a family drive to raise £3,650 in six months.

Her son Daniel, nine, did a 100-lap challenge and then joined his sister Emma, seven, to sell wristbands and cakes, made by their grandma.

Along with contributions from family friends, the money is enough to install defibrillators at King’s Sutton Primary Academy and Chenderit Secondary School in Middleton Cheney.

Mrs Cross said: “We wanted to do something to make our school heart safe, to help reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death to the school’s pupils, teachers and visitors.

“Geoff Reason, the dad of one of Daniel’s school friends, was also keen to help and last December, he ran in the Hook Norton Christmas Canter, donating all his sponsorship money towards our project.

“Finally, we have to thank another family friend, Dave Brett, who ran in last November’s Las Vegas Marathon and kindly added the money he raised to the cause.”