Campaign in memory of young boy aims to make Burntisland Primary a safer place for all

Scott Sweaton, senior charge nurse NHS FIfe, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to have a defibrillator installed at Burntisland PS
Scott Sweaton, senior charge nurse NHS FIfe, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to have a defibrillator installed at Burntisland PS

A crowdfunding campaign, inspired by the Oliver King Foundation, is aiming to make Burntisland Primary School a safer place for all.

Oliver (12) died five years ago from heart failure after a swimming race in Liverpool.

His dad, who has since raised money to install 800 defibrillators across the UK touched residents in Burntisland when he appeared on the BBC’s One Show.

Scott Sweaton, a senior charge nurse at NHS Fife, explained: “My neighbour was watching the show and came to see me afterwards to discuss it.

“Two of my three children are at Burntisland PS and I approached the headteacher who was really interested.”

A campaign has launched to raise £1500 to buy a school defibrillator for Burntisland and First Aid Service has agreed to train staff in its use.

“While Burntisland already has a defibrillator at the Co-op, there are easily over 1000 people congregating at the school at peak times,” saidScott.

“At the moment we have £225 which we’ve raised infour to five days. It’s pretty good going but we’re still a good way off our target.

“Every donation can save a life and we only need 300 people to donate £5 to raise our target. “This is a real community campaignand has a real community feel.”

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