Lifesaving legacy at Conor's old school

February 01 2018

and Aaron, has since helped numerous charities including Headway Bristol, BRAKE and The Children's Trust.

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and Aaron, has since helped numerous charities including Headway Bristol, BRAKE and The Children's Trust.

More recently the campaign has focused its attentions on raising money to buy defibrillators, saying sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and could be the result of any road traffic accident.

Already the campaign has financed defibrillators at Morrisons supermarket in Fishponds and at Broad Plain Boxing Club, which Conor used to attend.

The latest one, at Chester Park where Conor and his brothers and sister attended, was financed by some the proceeds of a fundraising barbecue held back in the summer.

It has been put up at the side of the sports hall alongside a laminated poster to reinforce the message about the Clip Up For Conor campaign.

As well as potentially benefiting staff and pupils it can also be used by members of the public who use the facilities outside of school hours as well as by people living nearby.

Conor's family was invited to sit in on an afternoon assembly where Kayleigh told pupils about the campaign and the new defibrillator. Pupils were given  stickers and leaflets.

Kayleigh, 26, said: "Conor died on a moped but it's not just moped users the campaign is concentrating on; it's also aimed a little kids who ride round on scooters with nothing on their heads. The message needs to come from parents as well and they need to ensure their children's heads are protected.

"A teacher said to the assembly 'If I say Clip Up what does it mean?' A little girl put up her hand and said it means Clip Up For Conor. Just to hear that she knew what it meant and the importance of clipping up was amazing.

"I explained how all four of us went to Chester Park and that we live around the corner. I told them that Conor was only 16 and had his all life in front of him but lost his life just because he didn't clip up his helmet. It showed how close that was and they really seemed to take it onboard.

"The defibrillator is registered with the ambulance service so even if someone was having a cardiac arrest outside of the school, anyone ringing 999 would be told there was a defibrillator at the school which could be used."

The family's talk has certainly had an impact on pupils. One mum took to the Clip Up For Conor Facebook page to post: "My son and daughter came back from school talking about Conor. Their stickers have been proudly placed on both their beds so they always remember the importance of their helmets."

Kayleigh said: "Pupils have gone home and told their parents about the assembly. The fact that we have then had parents contact us shows the message is getting out there and that Conor is in their children's minds so that they will wear their helmets."

Kayleigh said the campaign has raised thousands of pounds for charities in the past but was now concentrating on giving back to the community.

"We felt we were donating money but the community that was giving the money wasn't seeing much from it. Whereas with the defibrillators, we are asking people for donations but we are putting something directly back into the community and providing something every-one can use and benefit from."

The family are in the process of getting a further defibrillator put in at the Eastgate Centre and are now looking for another school which would benefit from one of the devices. Contact the campaign via the Facebook page Clip Up For Conor, or by emailing clipupforconor.info@gmail.com, giving your reasons why a defibrillator is needed. "The more messages we receive about your school the more chance it will have of being picked," said Kayleigh.