Could you save a life?

Every year in the UK, 30,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals
Only one in 10 people survive
12 people under 35 die from sudden cardiac arrest every week

A defibrillator can make the difference between life and death. If it’s used within the first minute, the survival rate can be as high as 90%.

Beating Hearts Merrow invites you, your family and your friends to a FREE 45 minute hands-on “Save a life” session, designed to give you confidence in managing an out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Training is open to everyone of every age.

Saturday 23rd April 2022
Sessions last 45 minutes and start at 2pm and 3.15pm at
Bushy Hill Community Centre,180 Bushy Hill Drive, Guildford, GU1 2UG

Please come along and bring your family and friends, it could save a life!

Email: savealife@beatingheartsmerrow.uk
Phone: 07469979066

Who we are

Beating Hearts Merrow was set up by local resident Judith Hunt, who had a sudden and unexpected cardiac arrest while at work. She was fortunate enough to work in a hospital and underwent immediate and successful resuscitation.
Beating Hearts Merrow is aiming to:
• Raise funds for a 24 hour access defibrillator in Merrow goto https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/beatingheartsmerrow
• Arrange training for Merrow residents in how to recognise and manage a sudden cardiac arrest
• Build a map of Merrow showing where every public access defibrillator is located
• Ensure that every resident receives a copy of the map with details about managing a cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any age. We want to save lives in Merrow by providing 24 hour access to a defibrillator and providing training to give all residents the confidence to use one.

Launch of our 2nd defibrillator at Merrow Village Hall

Thank you to everyone who donated. We are now raising funds for our 3rd and 4th defibrillators in Merrow

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Virtual "Save a Life" training video

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual "save a life" session

The video that we used for our virtual "Save a Life" session is now available on our Beating Hearts Merrow YouTube channel along with Judith's story
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkLetXqCSik4BHJMAI6Osmg

Forms

Defibrillator sites in Merrow
Please complete this form Defibrillator locations to let us know
1) your suggestions for the locations of the public access defibrillators in Merrow
2)the location of any existing defibrillators (public access or not) and access times if known

How you can help

• Donate to help fund a defibrillator and training, please goto our justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/beatingheartsmerrow
• Purchase one of Judith’s hand-made craft items
• Contact us at savealife@beatingheartsmerrow.uk if you know the location of a defibrillator in Merrow
• Add your name to our mailing list and we’ll keep you up to date with progress
• Please read Sudden Cardiac Arrest – what to do

If you can help by buying a gift, making a donation or would like to know more, please contact:
fundraising@beatingheartsmerrow.uk

Facts about sudden cardiac arrest

• Sudden cardiac arrest strikes without warning and kills 250 people a day in
the UK
• In the UK, less than 5% of victims survive an out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest
• It kills more people than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined
• It can happen to anyone, even young athletes
• Together with CPR, defibrillation is the only way to restore the heart’s natural rhythm

Official Launch of our 1st defibrillator

Thank you to everyone who came along to the launch
In addition to the defibrillator 'going live' we ran some hands on defibrillator demonstrations using our training defibrillator.

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Our chosen defibrillator

After much research, we have chosen to install Zoll 3 AEDs (automated external defibrillator)

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Thanks to you

Beating Hearts Merrow would like to thank the very generous local residents and organisations who have made it possible to purchase a public access defibrillator for Merrow. It has just arrived and we’re planning to have it installed ready for launch on 10th October. The defibrillator will be located on a wall near to the barber’s, close to the Merrow shops and garage. There will be very visible signs so it will be difficult to miss!

The timing is significant, as it will be a year since Judith Hunt had a sudden cardiac arrest, and her heart stopped beating. She was resuscitated through use of a defibrillator, which shocks the heart into restarting. After making a full recovery, Judith set up ‘Beating Hearts Merrow’ to fundraise for local defibrillators, as well as offer ‘Save a life’ training sessions.

Judith said: ‘I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the support we’ve had. Our target was to raise funds for one defibrillator and now we only need to raise £400 and we can order a second one. But we’re also committed to giving people the confidence to actually use a defibrillator. So we’ll be holding ‘Save a Life’ sessions. These will be a mix of in-person and virtual sessions.’

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