A defibrillator has been installed outside Cycling 2000 in Lichfield. The campaign was kindly supported by Cycling 2000, CRYALEX, Happy Healthy Cycling, Springfield Nurseries and Tesco Bags of Help.

The campaign was started after the owner of Cycling 2000 attended a cardiac screening event organised by CRYALEX in memory of Alex Brown. Realising the importance of defibrillators in the community, Fleur decided to start her own defibrillator campaign and, after holding lots of events and asking for donations for her birthday, the funds were raised and the defibrillator has since been installed.

Alex Brown sadly lost his life to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome aged 25. CRYALEX is a campaign set up by Alex’s sister Rachel in a bid to help increase awareness and raise funds to support the placement of community defibrillators. Rachel has installed many defibrillators since the start of the campaign and has funded numerous heart screening sessions. To find out more please visit the CRYALEX facebook page

The defibrillator is registered on the ambulance service database and is available to the community 24/7.

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.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patient’s chances of survival.

Call 999

Commence CPR

Early Defibrillation

Early Advanced Life Support

Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.