I’ve been very impressed by the Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign, which has so far installed more than 50 new public access defibrillators across town.
The initiative has been a really brilliant one for Eastbourne. I had the privilege of speaking in Parliament on the need for more defibrillators across the country, particularly in schools, asking the education minister in Parliament whether his department would commit to putting a defibrillator in every school. I did so after meeting the father of a young lad called Oliver King in Parliament whose son had a cardiac arrest, suddenly, whilst at school. Sadly he passed away, and since then his father has been campaigning to get a defibrillator in every school in the UK.
Medical advice says many young lives could be saved if this simple, low cost appliance was available and awareness training given. I’m proud that the Eastbourne Heart Beat Campaign team, led by leading Lib Dem Councillor, Alan Shuttleworth, has worked successfully to install more than 50 lifesaving public access defibrillators (PADs) across Eastbourne.
PAD SNAP is encouraging people to take interesting or funny photos with their nearest defibrillator.
The best photos will win amazing prizes – including a Grand Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel, and £50 to spend at Prezzo. All you have to do is email your snaps to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view an up-to-date map with all the public access defibrillators available in Eastbourne and beyond. And click here to read more about the competition.