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Leek United partner with AEDdonate to install defibrillators across our Heartlands

15th December 2021

Leek United is proud to unveil our plans to install multiple Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in local communities within our heartland across the next few weeks. Working with AEDdonate, our new Defibrillator Programme is designed to offer potentially life-saving support to our communities should the unthinkable happen.

Whether you watched on with feelings of shock and helplessness as Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during the Euro 2020 Semi-Final Denmark v Finland match or you’re tuning into I’m A Celebrity and hearing David Ginola share his own personal experience, it feels like real-life examples of cardiac arrests are everywhere. And for a very good reason.

The reality is a sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. According to the British Heart Foundation, there are around 7.6 million people living in the UK today with heart and circulatory diseases, resulting in more than 160,000 deaths each year. To put that into perspective, that’s equivalent to one death in the UK every three minutes!

When hearing those statistics, it’s natural to wonder what would give you the best chance of survival if it ever happened to you. You may also question what you could do to help someone else if you ever witnessed them having a cardiac arrest.

Having a defibrillator close by can save lives. In fact, it’s believed for every minute it takes for a defibrillator to reach someone, a person’s chances of survival will reduce. Therefore, to help someone who is in cardiac arrest most effectively, a defibrillator needs to be found as quickly as possible.

So, what is an Automated External Defibrillator? Essentially, it is a portable device that checks the heart’s rhythm and delivers a high energy, electric shock through the chest wall to restore the heart’s beat should it stop.

Sticky pads with sensors, called electrodes, are attached to the chest of someone who is having cardiac arrest. The electrodes send information about the person's heart rhythm to a computer in the AED. The computer analyzes the heart rhythm to find out whether an electric shock is needed. If needed, the electrodes deliver the shock.

They are simple, easy and effective to use. What’s more, anyone can use them without any training.

Andrew Healy, Chief Executive at Leek United Building Society, said: “As a mutual building society, we take very seriously our responsibility to make a positive difference to the lives of our members and the local community.

Defibrillators save lives and when we look at the high prevalence of heart and circulatory diseases, getting more of them out there so they’re close to hand has to be a priority.  Working in partnership with AEDdonate, we’re doing just that.

Even if we give just one person a greater chance of survival following a cardiac arrest, the money will be incredibly well spent.”

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