Primary six pupils at Whitehills Primary School held an ‘Enterprise Celebration of Success’ event on Thursday after raising £2,800 to purchase three defibrillators for the local community.
In only four months the pupils and their teachers, Mrs Wilkie and Mrs Jarosz, formed an enterprise group, worked through lunch times and play times to make products to sell, ran a stall at the Forfar branch of RBS and at the Angus Rotary Marafun and reached out to the wider community in an attempt to initially raise funds for one of the life saving pieces of equipment.
Bob Baldie, principal teacher of engineering and design at Forfar Academy, provided advice and practical assistance to the pupils.
A £500 donation from the Angus Cardiac Group and the £250 sponsorship cheque from the Forfar Roof Truss Company also helped boost their total which has enabled defibrillators to be purchased for the new community campus at Forfar Academy, Forfar Library and at Whitehills Primary.
The group explained: “Forfar Academy has been selected as a prime location as it is going to be a community school which will be open from 6.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is a great choice as there seems to be a rise in undetected heart conditions in teenage children. It is also a legacy for us when we go to secondary school.
“Our second defibrillator is to be located at Forfar Library as this is central for footfall and also caters for perhaps older generations and vulnerable people.
“Our third defibrillator will be located within our own school. We are the largest primary school in Angus with more than 500 pupils and also numerous groups who use our facilities out of school hours.
“Although they are a great resource to have in the community we hope that they will not have to be used, but they are there for an emergency if needed.”