Pupils help raise a mountain of cash

Sutton Oak pupils Sadie Waterworth and Ethan Knowles'with Oliver King's father Mark and teacher Amanda Clarke
Sutton Oak pupils Sadie Waterworth and Ethan Knowles'with Oliver King's father Mark and teacher Amanda Clarke
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A St Helens teacher’s epic journey up Mount Kilimanjaro inspired her pupils to walk in her footsteps - without leaving the school grounds.

Amanda Clarke climbed Africa’s highest peak after being moved by the work of the Oliver King Foundation, a charity set up commemorate a 12-year-old boy who died from an undiagnosed heart condition.

On her return, youngsters at Sutton Oak Primary decided they wanted to help the foundation as well - and raise cash to buy a heart defibrillator for their school.

But rather than go half way across the world, ingenious pupils came up with the idea of matching Ms Clarke’s journey by holding a sponsored walk around the field of precisely 5,895 metres - the height of Kilimanjaro.

Their combined efforts raised almost £3,500, half of which will purchase a defibrillator and train staff members, with the remainder going to the foundation.

The group was set by Oliver’s parents after his tragic death. The football-mad youngster collapsed and died after suffered sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

The condition is caused by heart rhythm abnormalities and can cause the sudden tragic death of apparently healthy young people unaware they have the condition.

Away from a hospital, the survival rate from a cardiac arrest is just six per cent if there is no defibrillator available. With the kit though this rises to 60 per cent.