ENGLAND BOXING ANNOUNCES DEFIBRILLATOR INITIATIVE WITH LONDON HEARTS

16 January 2020

GB boxer and Tokyo 2020 Olympics prospect Cheavon Clarke has backed England Boxing #EveryBeatCounts Defibrillator campaign, saying: “This will save lives.”

There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests across the UK every year and, without immediate treatment, 90 to 95 per cent of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die.

However, the chance of survival increases by 50 percent with immediate access to a life-saving defibrillator.

As a result, England Boxing has taken the proactive step of making it a requirement for all 900-plus affiliated club to install a defibrillator on their premises by June 2021.  

Speaking at the campaign launch at Aspire ABC in Sheffield on Thursday (16th January), England’s Under 91kg 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Clarke said: “A heart problem could affect anyone at any time, and having a defibrillator quickly to hand can be the difference between life and death.

“As a competing boxer, it’s very reassuring to know that, with the help of the #EveryBeatCounts campaign, the places where we all train will soon give anyone who encounters severe problems the best possible chance of survival.

“Of course, there is an initial cost to meet to make this happen, but you really can’t put a price on saving someone’s life.”

To help with nationwide installation in 900+ affiliated clubs, England Boxing has teamed up with charity London Hearts, who specialise in helping to roll out defibrillators across the UK.

Not only will clubs be able to purchase a defibrillator at a cut-price figure, they will also be able to spread that cost over the next 16 months and access free training on how to use the equipment and carry out CPR, as well as receive fundraising support, should they need it.

England Boxing’s Membership Services Manager, Lynette Mayo, said: “Boxing clubs are used by many different teams and groups, not just the boxing clubs themselves, but many of these integral community spaces currently do not have defibrillators in place.

“The new partnership between England Boxing and London Hearts aims to change that and ensure that in the future every boxer and spectator at every boxing club in England, no matter how big or small, will have access to a lifesaving heart defibrillator.

“The safety and wellbeing of its member boxers, officials, volunteers and spectators remains the number one priority for England Boxing, so we’re proud to be taking this step that can potentially have enormous benefits.” 

Kimberley Lloyd-Owen, Senior Operations Manager at London Hearts, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with England Boxing on this campaign, as we are passionate about helping to save people’s lives all over the UK.

“We’ve already helped to place more than 1,500 defibrillators and trained almost 50,000 people in how to use them. The fact that amateur boxing in England is following suit at its venues and clubs will help to safeguard the risk from sudden cardiac arrests.”

For further details on how to apply for a defibrillator, please click www.londonhearts.org/apply-online

 

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Notes to Editors

Automated external defibrillators (AEDS) are portable devices that check the patient’s heart rhythm. If a problem is detected, they send an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. If a person does not need the shock of an AED, the machine will not deliver a shock. It is not possible to hurt someone with an AED; they can only be used to save someone’s life.

No formal training is necessary to operate an AED in a medical emergency as they “talk” the operator through the necessary steps. These defibrillators will ensure that, should any of passengers suffer a cardiac arrest within the vicinity of one of these AEDs, station staff or fellow passengers will be able to administer lifesaving actions before the ambulance arrives.

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