Customers heart attack inspires fundraising

The unveiling of a new defibrillator at Crookes Social Club with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Anne Murphy and customers and locals who helped fundraise to get the defibrillator.
The unveiling of a new defibrillator at Crookes Social Club with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Anne Murphy and customers and locals who helped fundraise to get the defibrillator.
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A Sheffield social club has unveiled the first defibrillator on its premises, to be provided for the local community.

Fundraising for the defibrillator began in April 2016, after a club customer, John Hary, had a cardiac arrest whilsy playing snooker on the premises.

The club’s general manager, Maurice Champeau, said: “I was amazed to find that there were no defibrillators available in the area.

“We performed CPR on John for what seemed an eternity until the emergency services arrived. If we had had a unit available I am convinced we could have restarted his heart sooner.

“John has now made a good recovery although he will be the first to admit that the heart attack has left him with some permeant health issues.

“Had we been able to restart John’s heart quicker things may well have been different.”

Last year, several members of the club abseiled from Millersdale Viaduct in the Derbyshire peaks, to help raise the funds needed to buy the defibrillator. The club has also held a number of raffles and collections in recent months to pay for the life-saving unit.

There are many defibrillators available in public places throughout the UK, such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres.

A spokesman for the British Heart Foundation said: “A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

“If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby.”

Maurice added: “The Lord Mayor was present at the unveiling of the defibrillator last month, along with several members of the club who helped raise the funds needed, and John, of course, who was the inspiration behind the fund-raising effort.

“This first unit has now been installed in the club and is available to the anyone who needs in whenever the club is open. The Crookes Social Club defibrillator team aims to continue to raise funds to buy more units for the local area. The second unit should be purchased and installed by the end this month.”