A DEDICATED primary school has helped raise funds to help a charity install life-saving equipment at a telephone box.

Wildridings Primary school in Bracknell managed to raise £250 through a bake sale for a defibrillator and presented a cheque to Forget Me Knot last Wednesday (July 10).

Simon Cope, headteacher at Wildridings, said: "I think it is amazing, we want to do more for the community to give something back.

"Some children did not know what a defibrillator was so it was also about raising awareness."

A total of £1,800 was raised as the defibrillator is going to be installed in a BT telephone box as part of the 'Adopt a Box' campaign.


Claire Doyle and Claire Ford, known as the #defibgirls are at the forefront of the project and are working alongside The Ark to raise funds for the defibrillator.

The pair have donated £950 after Bracknell Lions Club heard about the project and donated them, £1,250.

McDonald's has also pledged to donate £660 and Wildridings School have helped raise the rest of the funds for the project.

Mark who is a fundraising volunteer at Forget Me Knot and The Arc, said: "It is brilliant that the school wants to be a part of it and within three weeks we managed to raise the funds needed."

The drive to install defibrillators across Bracknell started when Claire Ford collapsed in the Bracknell Half Marathon in 2018 last year. 

After Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue managed to resuscitate her, Claire and her friend Claire Doyle wanted to give back to the community and install defibrillators to help save other lives. 

The school council at Wildridings, who helped raise funds for the defibrillator, will help paint the telephone box ready for the grand unveiling in September and the pair will also be there too.