My son Matthew Hall is raising money via a raffle to buy a defibrillator for Kelso High School.
The Art House Gallery has donated a picture, valued at £3,000, as first prize; Lloyds Tractors, a petrol strimmer for second and third prize is a rugby shirt signed by the Scotland team.
When the equipment is bought, we plan to train not only the teachers, but also pupils from the school, also teaching them basic life support. Basic life support is not taught to children as part of the curriculum, although this is currently being discussed in English schools.
There are currently thought to be 270 children dying of sudden cardiac arrest in British schools every year – 80 per cent of those have had no prior diagnosis. Cardiac arrest which occurs outside hospital has a six per cent chance of survival, but these chances can increase to 74 per cent with early access to a defibrillator.
The raffle is being drawn on August 23 and a presentation of the defibrillator will be made in early September at the school. Raffle tickets are still available to buy at the Art House Gallery and school.
Fiona J. Hall