Medical emergency at Portishead school shows value of equipment fundraising

PUBLISHED: 10:02 04 February 2017

Chris Young, Ben Culverhouse, Andrew Hill, Andreya Cowan, Harley Snook and Barry Friar.

Chris Young, Ben Culverhouse, Andrew Hill, Andreya Cowan, Harley Snook and Barry Friar.


The value of a major fundraising drive by Portishead Lions has been highlighted after a school pupil was taken ill.

Public defibrillators have been largely funded by the Lions to ensure that in an emergency, life-saving equipment is available to use.

One unit is at High Down schools and its worth was highlighted during a medical emergency.

A Lions spokesman said: “When a pupil was taken ill recently the symptoms were so bad that paramedics were summoned and the defibrillator got ready for use.

“Fortunately, the paramedics’ response was so quick that the machine was not used on this occasion. However, had they not been available the defibrillator would have been needed.

“The school’s headteacher, Andreya Cowan, has pointed out that this (defibrillator) is not only important for pupils and staff but also for the many members of the public who use the school’s facilities.”

The defibrillator project is largely organised by the Lions’ project manager Andrew Hill, and the group does most of the fundraising.

However, the group is grateful for efforts from the community and the High Down defibrillator was partly paid for by efforts from the school.

It raised more than £2,000 and teacher Ben Culverhouse collected £300 by taking part in a sponsored cycle ride.

Anyone wishing to join the Lions, or to find out more about the appeal, can call 01275 281415 or visit

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