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Charity plans to bring defibrillators to Borders schools

Avril Brown. Credit: ITV Border

A charity founded in memory of a mother-of-two who died following a cardiac arrest at the age of 35 is planning to install defibrillators at schools across the Scottish Borders.

In the three years since Avril Brown passed away, the charity Avril's Trust has raised more than £30,000 for lifesaving equipment at the Borders General Hospital.

Now, the Trust are planning to hold a Fun Run in Hawick on 18 September.

They hope to use the money raised to pay for defibrillators at schools throughout the Borders.


Text message health service continuing over summer

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A text message service for young people in Cumbria to contact their school nurse confidentially about health-related issues will continue to run during the summer holidays.

ChatHealth is available to secondary school pupils between the ages of eleven and nineteen.

“Throughout the summer holidays we want to continue supporting young people and help give them advice on any worries they have. Our new text messaging service for 11-19 year olds is a great way for young people to get in touch with us if they need a confidential chat over something they are concerned about.

“We can help with a wide range of issues such as giving advice on bullying, emotional health and well-being and sexual health as well as answering all other queries.”

– Amanda Hulse, School Nurse at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

ChatHealth is available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm and all throughout the year. The number to text the service is 07480 635 458.

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