The desire to ‘Leave a Legacy’ was inspired by Edgaras Skorochodovas’ work experience in Beynon’s Dental Surgery in Bridgend where he was trained in how to use a defibrillator and so Year 13 started fundraising for a defibrillator last summer term with a car wash. The year group’s fundraising activities continued throughout the year with a group visit to Jump Jam, cake sales, collection boxes in both offices designed and made by Amy Morgan of Year 13 and many other activities including collecting donations at the school’s production of Annie. The students received a tremendous amount of support from other pupils, staff and the wider community culminating in them raising enough money for a defibrillator which was then matched by another Welsh Hearts fundraiser, Rod Evans of Blackwood Cricket Club who donated a further defibrillator to the school.

On April 28th Pete Richards, a first responder with South Wales Ambulance Trust, came into school on behalf of Welsh Hearts to train some Year 12 and 13 students and also a number of staff in basic CPR and how to use a defibrillator. Mr Richards shared his knowledge and first-hand experience of using CPR and defibrillators superbly well and everyone felt far more confident using a defibrillator should they need to in the future.

On 26th May Sharon Owen, Director of Welsh Hearts, came to school to present the defibrillators in the end of year assembly, the final day that year 13 pupils will have in Brynteg. The pupils should be commended for their desire to leave a vital legacy for their fellow pupils and this highlights what a fantastic year group Year 13 have been.

The defibrillators are located in the main offices of both the upper and lower school. The school now has a total of 4 defibrillators on site as the Welsh Ambulance Trust have also donated one, along with St David’s Shopping Centre which was organised by Owen Howells of Year 13.

As a sixth form, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our ‘Leave a Legacy’ challenge.