Natalie and Leila prepare to jump to fund defibrillator at Ottery Primary School
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Mums Natalie Taylor and Leila Stone are swapping the school run to skydive from 15,000ft to raise money for a defibrillator at Ottery Primary School.
The friends have teamed up to raise £800 to net the lifesaving equipment.
Raleigh Road resident Natalie came up with the idea as her daughter Paris, three, is due to start at the school in September 2018 and suffers from prolonged seizures – which can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Thhe tot had her first seizure aged 14 months, which inspired her mum to launch her first aid business last year to help parents and improve their knowledge.
Natalie, who is also mum to Lacey-Mae, four, said the device will not only benefit children with heart conditions, but anyone on the site.
The 31-year-old said: “I’m very happy for it to sit there and accumulate dust and never be used, but, if it’s needed, there is one there.”
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She added that not having the equipment dramatically reduced the chance of survival,
“A lot of people do not realise that cardiac arrest isn’t just in older people, children have heart conditions that put them at risk,” said Natalie.
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Her idea has been backed by fellow mum-of-two Leila, who suggested a skydive to raise the funds.
Leila, of St Anthony’s Close, said: “If you could do anything to save somebody’s life in that situation, you’re going to do it. Defibrillators are so easy to use, they’re fool-proof and you cannot shock anyone that doesn’t need it. You cannot go wrong with it.
“It’s a small amount of money when it comes down to it. It could save somebody’s life.
“I said we could do a skydive and it seemed a great idea when I suggested it. Now I think, ‘what am I doing?’. I’m terrified.”
Since launching their JustGiving page last week, the pair have received £200 in donations.
The duo say that, if they raise more than their target, they would consider buying a second defibrillator - to be placed either at the primary school, or at another school in the area. They hope to do the skydive in March or April.
To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/NatLeila?utm_id=92