A vital life-saving service received a welcome cash boost from an Isle school last week.
Staff and pupils at St Martin’s Primary in Owston Ferry raised £200 for the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust after it rushed to the aid of a three-year-old girl who had stopped breathing.
Ruby Cliffe was thankfully saved by two quick-thinking teachers after she began convulsing at school in June this year. And their frantic 999 call saw the county’s air ambulance scrambled to their assistance.
Hayley Grundy, the school’s early years manager, and early years practitioner Sue Dance explained: “We went out to do story time under a tree as it was a warm day. We sat in a circle when Ruby collapsed forward on her face.
“At first we thought she was messing and in a split second we knew something wasn’t right.”
Hayley explained that she put Ruby in the recovery position and tried to clear her airway after she began to choke: “I screamed because she wasn’t breathing.”
Sue in the meantime called 999.
Hayley added: “Ruby turned blue and then suddenly started breathing again.”
Sue said: “We worked as a team. It proves that your first aid training does work.”
To say thank you, the PTA decided to donate half of the proceeds of their summer fair to the air ambulance.
Member Lynsey Phillips explained: “We were waiting for the children to come out of school so we witnessed the whole event. It was upsetting so everyone decided to do something.”
Fellow member Mary Smith said: “We wanted to support it because you never know when you’re going to need it.”
Receiving the donation was Trevor Cherry of Lincolnshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, he said: “The donation is extremely welcome, it’s a huge contribution towards the £1.7 million we need per annum for this service.”
Ruby’s mum and dad, Nicola Pashley, 43, and dad Andrew Cliffe, 51, of Crofts Lane in Owston Ferry also attended the presentation to give their thanks.
Nicola explained: “Ruby started convulsing due to a high temperature.
“We are very grateful that the teachers responded very quickly and it was quite frightening for all of them really.
“We just want to say thank you to everyone for all they did for her.”