Rotary Defibrillators – Saving Lives In Southend on Sea | Rotary Thorpe Bay

Rotary Defibrillators – Saving Lives In Southend on Sea | Rotary Thorpe Bay

A sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any time to any person. Southend has a population of over 180,000 and 6.4m visitors every year, but very few defibrillators available 24/7. These devices can help save lives by delivering a high energy shock. Quick access to a defibrillator within four minutes of an arrest can make the difference between life and death.  The units are designed to be used by anyone and no prior medical knowledge is required.

Thorpe Bay Rotary Club has launched a crowdfunding appeal to fund the provision of two more units along the seafront between the Pier and Shoeburyness.

Rtn Steve Gale who is leading the project said:  ‘Our Club has lost three very active members due to unexpected cardiac events and members wanted to do something for the community in their memory.’

The Club, along with Leigh Rotary and the Carli Lansley Foundation, have already installed units to the west of the pier.

The appeal is live now, but the organisers are hoping as many donations as possible will be made on Tuesday, 1st December. This is #Giving Tuesday when the GlobalGiving crowdfunding platform boosts all donations made on the day with a share of a US $1m fund. All donations, however large or small, are eligible.

An ongoing part of the project will be Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training and the production of an up to date location map of defibrillator units.

Club President, Richard Hair, said: ‘Our ultimate aim is to ensure that as many people as possible have ready access to defibrillators across South East Essex and the confidence to use them in an emergency.’

Visit:  for further information and to donate.

Jamie Langstone