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Channel Charity Row for Simon

Simon Nicholls has presented Stone Community First Responders with a cheque for £582 after carrying out a sponsored row.

Simon, owner of Next Level Fitness in Stone, rowed a total of 48km, the equivalent of rowing across the English Channel. The non-stop, 3 hour 48 minute achievement took place at Simon’s training facility on Stone Business Park.

The Community First Responders are volunteer teams trained by West Midland Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level. They provide lifesaving treatment to local communities, and are backed up by the nearest emergency vehicle.

The first few minutes in injuries & illnesses are often critical, simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability.

Simon undertook the challenge to help raise vital funds to provide a sophisticated Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that can be carried in the First Responders rapid response vehicle.  These defibrillators  are a vital piece of equipment for patients who’ve suffered cardiac arrest.

Simon said “I saw that the first responders needed a new defib and I knew how important this piece of equipment was to them. I thought what’s 4 hours, or just shy, on a rowing machine on a Sunday for the sake of saving someone’s life! The First Responders do a great job in our community so I wanted to give something back, you never know when you or a loved one may need the first responders or the defib!

Each year 135,000 people die each year due to heart attacks. Two thirds of these deaths happen outside of hospital environments. Death is often due to a lethal, but treatable, electrical abnormality in the heart called ventricular fibrillation (VF) and defibrillation is the only treatment found to be effective.

The Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are easy to use and talk the user through step-by-step instructions. The sooner a defibrillator is used, the better chance the patient has of surviving. After a patient has collapsed following a heart attack and is having VF, every minute that a defibrillator is not used the chances of survival reduces by 10 %. This is where a Community First Responder can save lives. The money raised by Simon will go towards this valuable service to help save lives.

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