Margate Yacht Club is working with AEDdonate to have an accessible Automated External Defibrillator installed in the harbour area community.
Just 10% of people in the UK survive an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest, 30,000 people die each year , 620 of these are people under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools. Early CPR and defibrillation can double the chances of surviving an OHCA. There is currently no accessible AED in the busy area of Margate Harbour. An AED can be used by untrained passers-by to shock and restart the heart of OHCA patients, 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. If you can help by donating, supporting with a fundraising event, or taking on a virtual sponsored challenge then please contact us.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Champion yourself or are aware of any places which may benefit from having public access to a defibrillator, then please contact us on 01785 472224 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will help you manage the campaign from start to finish, providing fundraising materials, a page just like this one and in some cases funding* helping you to help your community on its way to becoming heart safe.
*funding is dependent on your location as to what we have available from our funding partners. Funding changes on a daily basis to call us to find out more.
After sailing in July 2021, I had a cardiac arrest and died adjacent to the RNLI building. I was with people who knew CPR, which was started almost immediately. A defibrillator was borrowed from the Turner Contemporary and after the third shock my heart was restarted before the arrival of the emergency services.
Whilst there are defibrillators in the Margate harbour area, none are available 24 hours a day. The closest one to my incident is at the Turner Contemporary and is only available during their opening hours, less than 30% of the week. It is likely I would not have survived if my OHCA had occurred when the Turner Contemporary is closed, which includes Bank Holiday Mondays.
The Harbour area has one of the busiest footfalls in Margate and is in need of a publicly accessible AED to hopefully save lives in the future.