Cardiac charity to pay for four life-saving devices

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A CHARITY is offering four organisations the chance to purchase a life-saving device and have the cost refunded.

Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex will pay for four Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which normally cost £1,000, and can dramatically improve people’s chances of surviving a heart attack by getting their heart going again until the ambulance arrives.

Steve Hodder, a trustee of Cardiac Rehab Support West Sussex, said: “I collapsed with a cardiac arrest on London Bridge railway station eight years ago.

“If it had not been for a member of staff putting a defibrillator on my chest, I would not be alive today.”

Cardiac Rehab Support West was set up by a group of ex-patients and their carers to support the work of the Cardiac Rehab Department at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The charity helps fund exercise classes and information sessions for heart patients. It provides defibrillators for local fitness trainers, gives grants so that NHS staff can attend specialist training courses, and, makes sure that up-to-date leaflets are freely available for cardiac patients in the area.

The group will be holding its 11th annual sponsored Fun Walk along Worthing seafront on Saturday, June 20.

Some 100 former cardiac patients and their families will set off from Sea Lane Cafe, Goring, and hope to raise more than £10,000 to assist patients of all ages in West Sussex who are suffering or recovering from a heart condition.

See www.cardiacrehabsupport.org.uk for more information.