James Paget University Hospital Cardiac Nurse Specialist Mickey Cox is embarking on a 200-mile cycle ride in July to support a local charity which provides public access to defibrillators.
Mickey will set off on the two-day cycle ride right around the Norfolk border on Saturday 7 July. His aim is to raise at least £350 and he’s calling on his colleagues and the public to support the event.
In addition to his heart failure nurse specialism, Mickey is an Advanced Life Support Instructor and also utilises his skills as a volunteer with Heart 2 Heart Norfolk – a charity which aims to save lives by providing defibrillators in accessible locations.
Heart 2 Heart was set up by local woman Jayne Biggs after her daughter suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. She was fortunately saved by a defibrillator and the charity was set up to provide public access to the life-saving equipment. To date more than 60 have been placed across East Anglia and a man was recently saved thanks to one in Gorleston.
Mickey with one of the local defibrillators.
Mickey supports Jayne’s work by providing free teaching sessions on how to perform CPR and how to safely use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
He’s now also undertaking the cycling challenge to raise funds for the cause. He said; “The cycle ride, on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July, will raise money for Heart 2 Heart and I would specifically like to raise some money to purchase a ‘Resusci Junior’ manikin to help with the public training we provide. This is a really good cause and the more people that are trained the more lives can be potentially saved. Any donations would be gratefully received.”
To support Mickey on his cycle ride please visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mickeycox