Skydiving for a community defibrillator
Ellie Durn and Katie Hawkins, employees at Clearview Systems, will be skydiving on the 31st of May 2017 in order to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator to serve both the Elgar Business Centre in Hallow, and the surrounding area.
With the money they raise we hope to place the community defibrillator publically, in a secure facility, where it can then be accessed when 999 is dialled for someone who is in cardiac arrest.
We hope to raise enough money to also be able to provide defibrillator training for the businesses at the centre, although the machine will automatically analyse the victim's heart rhythm to determine whether a shock is necessary and will talk an untrained user through the actions required.
Ellie and Katie really want to make a difference and potentially save lives, as this is a cause very close to both their hearts (no pun intended). Both Ellie and Katie have close family affected by heart conditions.
Statistically you will know at least one person each year that suffers from a cardiac arrest.
How to help...
To ensure this event is as successful as it can be, Clearview Systems are appealing to you to make any donation you can. You can donate in a number of ways:
- In person - come visit our office 14/15 Elgar Business Centre, Hallow;
- By cheque - made payable to Clearview Systems; or
- Through our Just Giving page.
Any donations will be greatly appreciated! Any additonal donations in excess of our required amount will be donated to the British Heart Foundation to support their national work.
It could be the difference between a life lost and life saved...
How defibrillators work...
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
Defibrillators are easy to use, compact, portable and very effective. They are designed to be used by lay persons; the machine guides the operator through the process by verbal instructions. They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart's rhythm requires it.
They are designed to be stored for long periods without use and require very little routine maintenance.
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone - any age, anywhere and anytime!
Why are defibrillators so important?
Without treatment with a defibrillator, only approximately 5% of people survive. Therefore it is essential for someone who is in cardiac arrest to be treated immediately with a defibrillator, as for every minute that passes by without one, the chances of survival reduce by 10%.
Due to the rural location of the business park, it would be extremely unlikely that an ambulance crew would be able to reach us within minutes.
100,000 people die of cardiac arrest each year in the UK, that's more than 1,750 a week!