Raising Money For Defibrillators

We are excited to announce our involvement in the next stage of our lifesaving journey.  Humphry Davy School is proud to be involved in the forthcoming RRMC community event scheduled for next year in Penlee Park. Plans are currently underway for a two day event which will involve local schools and emergency services in defibrillator demonstrations and aspirational career experiences.  Accompanied by fun events, a raffle and numerous stalls showcasing the crafts of local businesses and entrepreneurs (including our young enterprise students, both new and established), Humphry Davy Students and staff will provide demonstrations and learn more about the importance of their role in lifesaving within the community.

We are proud to be one of the first schools in the UK to train all students in CPR and defibrillator use.

Check in regularly for updates and to see the next phase of community training being delivered at the school.

Humphry Davy School continues to work closely with The Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity to raise funds and promote the introduction of automatic defibrillators into public places in an effort to save as many lives as possible in the Penwith area and beyond.  In particular, we are raising funds to install defibrillators into all the schools within the Penwith Education Trust (PET).

Fund raising (to date) at Humphry Davy has included a large Charity Fete, raffle and non uniform days.

Humphry Davy School has installed a defibrillator on site and we are helping to raise funds for devices to be installed in other PET schools.  We are committed to a training programme which will enable our young people and staff to give effective CPR and use the defibrillator machines.

The Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity first approached Humphry Davy School a year ago when 14 year old Paul Kempen , a Humphry Davy School student, became the youngest qualified CPR/AED trained FA referee in the country.  It was this event that inspired HDS to purchase an AED for the school and to train two members of staff how to use the device.  Since this time, Humphry Davy School, recognising both the importance of having accessible life saving devices in the community and having people trained to use them, has trained a number of staff and has fundraised to provide equipment and training at fellow Penwith Education Trust schools.  Further community training has been hosted at Humphry Davy School in order to introduce more people to the AED equipment being provided around town by the RRMC.

Acknowledging the significance of training young people, HDS embarked upon training all the students at the school.  Headteacher, Bill Marshall commented, “Our young people are our community’s future, and training them to save lives is of paramount importance.  With the help of RRMC and HDS staff, we are delighted that all of our students have now undertaken basic CPR and AED training.  All of our students are now familiar with first responder techniques which will remain with them for life and we are very proud of our students and the maturity they have shown during the training.”  As one year 8 student remarked during training ‘these are real life skills’.

Humphry Davy School would like to thank Paul Williams (RRMC) for his enthusiasm and support. Whilst we sincerely hope our students will not need to call upon their newly learned skills, we are confident that we have skilled up a new generation of life savers!   

HDS remains committed to the AED programme.  All new students will undertake training upon entering the school and we will continue to fundraise to purchase AED devices for PET schools.  Future community training events will be held at the school and will be advertised.

December 26 2013