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You cannot "put a price on a life"..message this Restart a Heart Day

Defibrillator

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 18th October 2016. (Updated at 4:07pm 18th October 2016)

You can't "put a price on a life"..

The message this  Restart a Heart Day (October 18) - as people across Surrey and Hampshire are encouraged to have defibrillators to hand.

Almost 100,000 people die every year because the general public do not know how to provide potentially lifesaving CPR before the emergency services arrive.

Today will see schools and community groups across the country taking part in the Resuscitation Council’s Restart a Heart initiative. 

The British Heart Foundation, along with other organisations including St John Ambulance, British Red Cross and fire & rescue services across the country will be training over 100,000 people in basic CPR techniques.

Danny Bays, Regional director of Lloyds in North Hampshire & Surrey, and Trudy Lobban from the Arrhythmia Alliance

Trudy Lobban

Trudy Lobban (pictured above, right), Founder and Trustee of Arrythmia Alliance, said using defibrillators is not difficult: "The majority of people think they won't know how to use them - but as soon as you open a live defibrillator - it starts talking to you.

"Whatever manufacturer you have - it tells you what to do. I was demonstrating to my elderly parents, and my four year old nephew wanted to have a go.

"I told him to listen to the ladies voice - he did everything exactly right. We have stories of nine year olds saving their father's lives - etc.

"It is so simple to the point that, the resuscitation council have said, nobody needs to be trained to use an AED."

"We might know our heart rate, we know our blood pressure, but how many people know their heart rhythm and arrythmia?

"And yet, sudden cardiac death is the most common cause of death in the UK and in fact, in the western world, it kills more people than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS in the modern word combined."

Guildford High Street's  Lloyds Bank, meanwhile, has raised enough money to pay for a defibrillator which they have donated to Holy Trinity and Pewley Down Infant School in Guildford. 

The £1,000 raised to fund the device is part of £25,000 raised overall since January this year by by the banking group's North Hampshire and Surrey region.

The money has paid for defibrillators for schools, clubs and other community groups in the area.    

The defibrillator  for Holy Trinity was presented to Guildford staff by Mrs Lobban at the bank yesterday (October 17).

Staff at Lloyds Bank - Guildford High Street 

Debfib

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