“Dan had a cardiac arrest on 21st August 2016 while playing football, with CPR given straight away and the quick attendance of the emergency services he has made a full recovery. As a football club we at Adwick Park Rangers raised money from a just giving page that was set up to install a defibrillator on our local park for the whole community. A fun day was arranged on the bank holiday where we raised more than enough money to get a few defibrillators, one for the park and some portable ones. With the extra money raised we have split it between Leeds General Hospital Ward 51, Air Ambulance and Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK which provided support and was a lifeline to Dan’s Mum Hayley Thomson who is a member of the group”
After our first meet-up in February 2015, I realised I was not alone. It was the first time since my cardiac arrest the previous year that I had spoken face-to-face with someone who had experienced what I had. This was also true for my wife, who also happened to be my lifesaver. From that meet-up, the idea of SCA UK was born. Since then, we have achieved a considerable amount, primarily providing information, resources and support to others in a similar situation but also raising the profile of survivorship and the need for better post-discharge care. We are starting to get traction in this, and with the formation of the charity, I genuinely believe we have a bright future ahead and will make a significant difference in the lives of many who join our ranks.