Joe’s friend gets to work to make Broomleys cricket club heartsafe
Posted: Mon, 05 Aug 2019
Emily Taylor, age 21, from Coalville, is a member of Broomleys Cricket Club, in Coalville, and was a friend of Joe Humphries. Joe died from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) while out jogging near his Rothley home in October 2012.
Since his death, Joe's family and friends have campaigned tirelessly for a better understanding of SADS, which can strike anyone, at any time – particularly seemingly fit and healthy young people. They set up the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT), which helps to get defibrillators installed at local grass-roots sports clubs, as well as providing life-saving CPR training for club members.
Emily, who now works on a coronary care unit, said: "I went to secondary school with Joe and we were in the same school year. I got in touch with the JHMT to seek help in the best way to make Broomleys a heart safe club.
"The Trust was very generous and contributed towards funding the cabinet in which the defib sits, as we were keen for it to be accessible on the outside of the clubhouse. Working on the coronary care unit means I'm fully aware of the devastating impact of cardiac emergencies which are not dealt with immediately. Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone of any age including fit and healthy young people, so quick access to a defibrillator is vital and should form part of a sporting club's duty of care to protect participants, club members, officials and spectators.
"I hope Broomleys' example will lead even more city and county community sports clubs to take the necessary steps to create a heartsafe environment. Nothing can be more important."
The defibrillator was funded by a generous donation from Warren Birchall, a former player, captain and chairman at Broomleys.
Broomleys Cricket Club was formed in February 1946 and has 50 + members.
To find out more about the work of the JHMT and how to become a heartsafe club, visit www.jhmt.org.uk/impact