A mum who tragically lost her daughter in a car accident is using a special trust set up in her daughter’s memory to help children.
Through her charity Janet’s Trust, Elizabeth Coop’s latest mission is to provide Fleetwood schools with defibrilators in an effort to make sure no child dies needlessly because of a lack of life saving equipment.
Elizabeth, of Mayfair Drive in Thornton, said: “Twelve children a week die because of undetected heart conditions. By making sure schools are fully equipped with defibrilators it will make the difference between life and death should a child fall ill.
“They can also be used by the surrounding community as well.
“Having lost my own child in tragic circumstances, I want to do whatever I can to make sure other children don’t die needlessly.
“I set up the Trust to donate and help causes which affect children, I’ve donated to a variety of things, but at the moment I am trying to get defibrilators in schools.
“They cost around £400 each including to train those who would be using them.”
Janet’s Trust with help from the Russell Haldane Trust, is now looking to provide defibrilators to Chaucer and Charles Saer Primary Schools.
Elizabeth’s daughter was 30 year’s old when she was involved in the accident in Banbury in 1998.
She was very well educated with two honours degrees and worked as a computer engineer in senior management.
“She was driving to work and lost control of the car and crashed into a 30 ton truck,” said Elizabeth.
“She was such a clever person, very talented. The Trust is just my way of putting something back in the community meeting the needs of children.
Elizabeth, who is 68, fund raises by selling handmade jewellery.
Shakespeare Primary School business manager Debbie Tripp said: “I would like to thank both Janet’s Trust and the Russell Haldane Trust for
working closely together and providing us with a defibrillator. Thanks also to the North West Ambulance service for their guidance, support and
training. It is very odd to receive a gift that you hope you will never use, however that is how we feel about the defibrillator.
“It is an ingenious piece of equipment that will talk you through an emergency should you need
to use it. Thankfully you can’t deliver a shock if one is not called for!
“Time is of the essence when a cardiac arrest happens - we will try our utmost to attend any local emergency if we get a call from any of our
neighbours requiring assistance. The school’s telephone number is 872887.”