The College has announced their fundraising partnership with south west based charity, Jay’s AIM for the academic year 2019/20.
Following years of successful charity fundraising, the College will be trying to raise their £10,000 academic year target to support Jay’s AIM, a charity set up in memory of James (Jay) Osborne, a young father who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28, following a cardiac arrest caused by an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition.
The charity has three main aims; promoting different types of cardiac screening to young people, informing young people about cardiac risk and how it can be prevented and offering CPR/defibrillator training to as many people as they can reach. The charity has already made a considerable difference to the South West, having funded 18 defibrillators and trained over 2,500 young people in CPR. It is hoped that, in partnership with the College, that ten new defibrillators will be funded and placed around the Newton Abbot and surrounding areas to ensure easy access to the life-saving equipment.
The College has already started its fundraising efforts and the upcoming months will see students and staff organising sponsored events, bake sales and non-uniform days to reach their target.
Jay’s AIM representative and Jay’s brother, Dan Osborne, said: “Having seen some of the College fundraising work that took place last year, I was blown away by the sheer volume of people that took part in raising money. There is real power in terms of this relationship; providing defibrillators can make a real world difference and save lives.”
Assistant Principal and Fundraising Lead, Katherine West said: “We are very excited to announce this partnership. It will be incredibly powerful for our students to see the money that they raise go towards something that will become an integral part of the local community. Access to defibrillators where they are most needed is of vital importance and we are so proud, as a College, to help continue the work of such an incredible charity as Jay’s AIM.”