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Settle student's defib mission

Settle student's defib mission

Published at 6:04am 11th June 2015. (Updated at 10:33am 11th June 2015)

It's hoped a fundraising drive in Settle will help save lives. 

There are now several defibrillators in the town, thanks to a fundraising project led by 17-year-old Kate Beresford. 

Kate, who is a sixth form student at Settle College, has been awarded the prestigious Diana Award for her work in the community.

She's been raising funds since September for a defibrillator for Settle College and the project has grown and grown.

Kate has raised enough money to buy an outside cabinet for the swimming pool, and with the help of Settle Town Council and Routes Healthcare, she's also raised funds to purchase another machine and cabinet to have in the town centre.

She's worked alongside a number of experts such as Laraine Sullivan and also the SADS UK charity, which provides life-saving equipment and funds research into Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

In addition, Booths also heard about her campaign and has agreed to fund its own machine and cabinet for the Settle store.

Principal Michele Costello said: "Settle College is incredibly proud of Kate; she has shown perseverance and determination to complete this project, whilst also revising for her A-levels.

"Kate is a role model to our students and will leave a legacy at Settle College when she leaves to start her university life in September."

Settle College has also worked with the British Heart Foundation to join the Call Push Rescue campaign to make us all a Nation of Lifesavers.

It's currently arranging training events for the community to learn CPR and defibrillator use.