On 26 April 2020, local resident Katy Pearson will be completing the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon to raise vital funds for a 24/7 Public Access Defibrillator for the community of Lichfield.
Sadly, Katy recently lost her father to sudden cardiac arrest, and this campaign means so much to her to ensure she can help to prevent this happening to another family
30,000 people die each year from out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), 620 of these are people under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools. If defibrillation takes place within the first three minutes of a SCA, the patient’s chances of survival increase by upwards of 80%.
Having the defibrillator installed means that it can be deployed by the local ambulance trust in a bid to give the patient the all-important shock to the heart prior to the ambulance arrival. The defibrillator is by no means a replacement to the ambulance service, it just allows patient treatment to commence immediately
All money raised will go towards a much needed defibrillator in the community of Lichfield. It will be based in the town, so can be accessed by all of the community and surrounding areas. If it saves just one life – it will be money well spent. Any donations, however small, will be very gratefully received.