Conor's lifesaving legacy

February 01 2018

A LIFESAVING device has been installed at a school after a fundraising campaign set up in memory of a teenager who died in a moped accident.

A LIFESAVING device has been installed at  a school after a fundraising campaign set up in memory of a teenager who died in a moped accident.

The defibrillator was unveiled at Chester Park Junior School on January 23 by the family of Conor Hall who died in 2011 after his moped crashed in Charlton Road, Kingswood. 

The 16-year-old was taken to Frenchay Hospital and put on a life support machine but Conor sadly died five days later.

It was discovered that the former Downend School student hadn't clipped up the strap of his motorcycle helmet - and that if he had fastened it, it may have saved his life.

Following his death, his family launched Clip Up For Conor, an organisation which fundraises for good causes and highlights the importance of making sure helmets are both worn and fastened.

The campaign, driven by Conor's mum Arline, sister Kayleigh, and brothers Lee 

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 were pupils, was financed by some the proceeds of a 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.

Kayleigh said : "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."