Primary school pupils and staff stride out to help young boy buy life-changing kit

Every class at St Malachy's Catholic Primary School, completed a sponsored walk. Children from nursery right up to year six took part.
Every class at St Malachy's Catholic Primary School, completed a sponsored walk. Children from nursery right up to year six took part.

A primary school has completed a sponsored walk to help a pupil with cystic fibrosis purchase life-changing equipment.

St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax organised the charity event last month to help meet the £8,000 needed for Aaron Lindsey to get a respiratory vest.

Aaron Lindsey

Aaron Lindsey

Teaching assistant Emma Luczkiewicz said: “We are very pleased with the response. We wanted to do something for one of our own and we have managed to raise £2,134.

“Now we have been able to raise awareness of the condition and how important it is for him to get the vest. Thank you so much to the parents for getting on board.”

Aaron was born in May 2008. Although healthy at the time, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just 26 days old.

Sticking to a healthy regime, regular physiotherapy and inhalers, Aaron continues to fight on.

However people with the disease are likely to become weaker as they become older. Over the last 12 to 24 months Aaron’s lung capacity has begun to drop to as low as 39 per cent.

The vest would offer him relief, vibrating his chest to loosen and thin the build up of mucus.

Learning of the cost of the vest, the school organised the walk, including children from all age groups and parents.

Together they walked from the school to Beechwood Park, around its edges and back to the school.

Fundraising activities continue to be held and donations are still needed for Aaron to get his vest.

If you would like to help or donate towards the efforts, contact the school on 01422 244628.