Haskins Garden Centres

Cardiac Patient Raises funds for Community Defibrillators

Former cardiac patient Greg Smithers who had previously suffered a heart attack and underwent Cardiac Surgery; has been fundraising  for the Sussex Heart Charity since 2008. This year he decided to do something different and approached the Sussex Heart Charity to organise sponsored walk from Ferring to Littlehampton in August 2015.

This first event was very successful raising £2,114.63 which has enable us to equip Haskins Garden Centre, Roundstone Angmering, and Owen Electrical, The Street, Rustington, with 2 new potentially lifesaving defibrillators. A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock only when it is required in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called defibrillation and can save lives. When someone has a cardiac arrest, early access to a defibrillator and CPR is essential to significantly increase the chance of survival. Every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR reduces their chances of survival by 10%.

Mark Lephard, Assistant General Manager at Haskins said “On behalf of Haskins I would like to congratulate and thank Greg and the charity walkers who raised the money to provide the centre with this life saving equipment, Also Haskins would like to thank the Sussex Heart Charity for working alongside Greg and the great work they do for the community.”

Greg said, “I am so pleased with the success of this event and would like to say a big thank you to all that took part and helped get these lifesaving machines, we are already planning next year’s walk which will be on Saturday 20th August 2016 from Littlehampton (Banjo Road) to Ferring (Bluebird Café) and back”

If you want to find out more about this walk and how to take part check out the charity website www.sussexheartcharity.org