News release - New defib celebrated
Sailing Club and Lions Celebrate Defib installation for the Community
Members of Seasalter Sailing Club and Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions celebrated the installation of one of the first Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) with 24/7 access, in East Kent outside the sailing club house last weekend.
The sad early death of one its members, Tim Seymour, from a heart attack whilst sailing in 2011 inspired the club to focus on doing more to prevent a similar incident occurring. After a 4 year battle researching the correct equipment and obtaining funding, this culminated in the purchase of the AED with the support of funding from the club, the Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions and the British heart Foundation.
An AED is easy to use and is a proven life saver. In case of an emergency a caller would dial 999 and be given directions and a code to access the nearest device. Easy to follow voice activated instructions would then take you through the steps to save a life.
Ian Mills, the Vice Commodore for the sailing club said “We are extremely proud to have one of the first 24/7 Defibs outside our club. Our journey since Tim’s untimely death has drawn us together as a club as well as making us much more focused on looking after our health. Our hope is that this opens the door for many more along this coast and goes on to save many lives in the future. This would be a great legacy for Tim and the Club”
Dr. Geoff Lindley, President of Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club said, “We were delighted to assist the Sailing Club. We recognise the importance of this life-saving equipment, which is why we have provided defibrillators to the secondary schools in Whitstable and Herne Bay and keep one available for Lions Club Events such as May Day and Regatta”.
The British Heart Foundation are determined that we become a “Nation of Lifesavers”, and along with the grant, provided the club with a kit comprising mini manikins and self-training DVDs to help people learn CPR, use an AED and learn the recovery position. This kit is intended for wider use by the local community, clubs and schools etc – so if you are interested in joining the “Nation of Lifesavers” contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.seasaltersc.org.uk