A life-saving initiative spearheaded by a family man with a big heart has won gold for its work.
Lee Challinor has made the Blacon estate where he lives a safer place by raising thousands of pounds to install defibrillators at all local schools, communities centres and shops. Defibrillators shock the heart back into its normal rhythm following cardiac arrest.
Lee, along with several individuals from Blacon Defibrillator Fund, have now been awarded the Cardiac Smart Gold Award by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). These awards are designed to recognise and reward community resuscitation projects across the north west.
Lee was inspired to fundraise for the £1,000 units because three of his six children, Georgia-Lea, 16, Elle-May, 12 and Millie, nine, have a heart condition called pulmonary stenosis. In addition, Lee’s grandfather William, who ironically passed away earlier this month, aged 75, of cardiac arrest, was a big inspiration.
Lee, a joiner, who lives with partner Melanie Lloyd in Melbourne Road, Blacon, said: “Making Blacon a safer place to work and visit by installing defibrillators at key buildings – and providing staff at local schools and shops with members of the public with emergency life support training – is a positive and simple action to take. The training which includes CPR and operating a defibrillator was provided for free by the North West Ambulance Service. It’s really easy to make a difference and may save a life.”
Now Lee, backed by cardiac charity SADS UK, is broadening his ambitions beyond his estate, with a promise to deliver defibrillators to Saughall All Saints CE Primary plus Bluecoat Primary and Victoria Children’s Centre in the Garden Lane area.
The CardiacSmart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership, works to extend the blanket coverage of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and provide more individuals with training in basic life support in order to improve a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
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