New Defibrillator Creates Safer Environment For All
Posted: Fri, 01 Oct 2021
- Leicester City's charitable arm has worked with JHMT for over three years to ensure more people are aware of how to conduct CPR
The Cruyff Court multi–use games area in New Parks has launched its new public-access defibrillator after the court opened to the public earlier this month. It which will see Leicester City in the Community deliver 15 hours of provision to the local community each week.
Leicester City in the Community will work closely with local heart charity, The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT), to create a heart-safe environment for users of the sports pitch and local community.
Matt Bray, Leicester City in the Community Health and Wellbeing Manager said: "We continue to work closely with JHMT to help spread these lifesaving messages to young people, volunteers, and community groups involved within our programmes and across Leicestershire.
"Having installed a defib next to one of our regularly used community spaces, supporting local people to be confident to use it is vital and demonstrates our commitment to reducing the devastating impact of sudden cardiac arrest in the community, which can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime including healthy young people.
"Professional football clubs like Leicester City have a massive role to play to make the public aware of SADS and how its impact can be reduced by learning CPR skills and the installation of defibrillators in all community and sports clubs."
The JHMT is a local heart charity set up in memory of Leicester teenager Joe Humphries, who collapsed and died of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), while out jogging near his family home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
JHMT started working with Leicester City in the Community – Leicester City's charitable arm – over three years ago and has since delivered several workshops to young people across the region that LCitC operate in.
The JHMT has helped the project with guidance on how to set up the AED and funding for an external box, as well as providing free training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use the defibrillator.
Steve Humphries, chair of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, said: "It's vitally important that being heart safe is key when new community sports facilities like these are opened. Over a number of years, JHMT have been working with national governing agencies to bring about this important change that all sports facilities in the UK should include the provision of an AED.
"Sudden heart deaths aren't inevitable, they're preventable. Each year in England, paramedics attempt resuscitation in around half of the 60,000 people who have suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and sadly, only around eight per cent – or about 2,500 of these people – will leave hospital alive.
"Someone administering effective CPR and having quick access to a defibrillator within a few minutes can make a huge positive difference to survival rates, and that's what we want to achieve. After all, everyone can save a life."
SADS Awareness Week runs between 4-10 October and is an annual campaign where the JHMT undertakes awareness-raising work, including training for community sports clubs and groups across the city and county to highlight that 12 young people aged under 35 in Britain die each week from SADS.
Ref: LCFC.com – community news
Don't let it take a cardiac emergency before taking steps to be PREPARED for #SCA:
Play Sport Play HEART- SAFE - SCA happen to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime and any AGE - Recognising any warning signs and acting promptly with more people, including players, coaches, officials trained in basic CPR skills and being familiar with and having quick access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death.
Don't be caught out!
To find out more on how Joe's Trust ( JHMT) can help your club/ organisation to create a heart safe sporting and community environment go to https://www.jhmt.org.uk/impact
"Wherever sport is played, a defibrillator should be on site and readily accessible. When every second counts, it could be the difference between life and death. Immediate CPR is crucial whilst the defibrillator is brought to the patient and it's also vital that as many people as possible have CPR skills, including players, officials and spectators as they may be the closest to where someone has collapsed." – Charles Poole – JHMT
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