A James Paget Specialist Nurse has raised more than £1,500 for a local charity, which provides public access to defibrillators, after completing a 200 mile cycle ride around Norfolk and smashing his own fund-raising target.
Left to right, Helen Scott, Jayne Biggs and Mickey Cox.
Cardiac Nurse Specialist Mickey Cox took on the two-day challenge to cycle around the county borders earlier this month to raise cash for Heart 2 Heart Norfolk – a charity which aims to save lives by providing defibrillators in accessible locations.
After completing the challenge he discovered he had raised more than four times the original £350 he was aiming for – a total of £1,538 - and now his colleague Helen Scott is also going to be doing her bit to support the charity – by carrying out a sponsored skydive.
Heart 2 Heart was set up by local woman Jayne Biggs after her seven-year-old daughter suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The little girl was saved by the fact that her parents knew CPR and that paramedics got to her with a defibrillator in seven minutes.
Following her experience Jayne realised how crucial it was that such equipment was immediately accessible – and she wanted to make sure as many people as possible were trained in resuscitation techniques.
Since then her mission has been to make defibrillators available in as many locations as possible with 72 already in communities across the UK including around 10 in the Great Yarmouth area and 10 more in Waveney. Heart 2 Heart defibrillators are publically available in Lowestoft, Beccles, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Hemsby, Southwold, Ipswich and Norwich, to name just a few, and as far afield as Brancaster and the Isle of Wight.
All of those placed in Norfolk and Suffolk are registered with the East of England Ambulance Service so, in the event of an emergency, the defibrillators are quickly accessible and can provide a vital intervention that could make a real difference to someone’s chance of survival.
Jayne says; “You never know when you’re going to need one. Just a few weeks ago a man was saved thanks to one of the defibrillators we’ve placed in Gorleston and we’re trying to ensure they are in as many public places as possible. We do rely on people raising money and businesses supporting us – so thank you to Mickey and all those who contributed.”
Mickey, who is an Advanced Life Support Instructor in addition to his Heart Failure Nurse role at the James Paget, also supports the charity by providing free teaching sessions on how to perform CPR and how to safely use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). He says; “Heart 2 Heart is also about providing free training to give people the confidence to do CPR and to use the defibrillator. It’s better to do something rather than nothing – you could save someone’s life – and, while anyone can use the defibrillator as it does give instructions, having some training will allow you to get more familiar with what to do if you have to use the equipment.
“My fundraising was specifically to raise money to purchase a ‘Resusci Junior’ manikin to help with the public training but thanks to the support of those who donated, via my Just Giving page and in person, the amount raised means more equipment can now be purchased.”
The fund-raising doesn’t stop there – now Mickey’s colleague and fellow Specialist Cardiac/ Heart Failure Nurse Helen Scott, will take part in a sponsored sky-dive to raise more funds for the charity. She will be visiting Ellough airfield near Beccles on Saturday 11 August to parachute from a plane. If you would like to support Helen please visit her Just Giving page at - www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helen-scott-803 .
If you would like to find out more about Heart 2 Heart and lend your support to Jayne and her campaign for more life-saving equipment please email email@example.com or call 07585 604125. Alternatively you can find them on Facebook - search Heart 2 Heart Norfolk.