Thanks to a donation from (SOS) and AED Locator, the first public access defibrillator (PAD) has been installed in the city of Bath at the Recreation Ground for the use of the rugby club, supporters, surrounding community and nearby residents. SOS donated the life-saving equipment in memory of Stephen Parry, a company director who died of a heart attack at just 52 years of age.
An AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) is a small electronic device that re-starts the heart after analysing its rhythm by delivering a shock. It is safe and easy to use, even providing the user with voice prompt instructions to follow. Together with CPR, defibrillation is the only way to re-establish the heart’s natural rhythm following a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
David McNamara, managing director of SOS, explains why his company wanted to supply the first PAD in Bath: “Providing the AED at Bath Rugby Club is part of our company’s tribute to the life of one of our directors, Stephen Parry. Stephen loved Bath and lived near to the ground. As one of the city’s busiest sporting venues, The Rec seemed an ideal location for the cabinet. He would be delighted that this device, designed for lay people to use, is immediately on hand to help anyone nearby suffering a cardiac arrest.”
SCA is one of Britain’s biggest killers, with fewer than 5% of victims surviving out of hospital. It is vitally important that a person suffering from a SCA receives treatment as soon as possible, as with every passing minute that person’s chances of survival decreases by 10%. PADs are housed in unique, secure, weather-proof, code-locked cabinets that can be accessed by simply dialling 999.
Bath-based SOS provides business management software to law firms across the UK. A memorial garden for Stephen has also been created in former scrubland behind the offices, which will serve as an outdoor meeting and staff room. The company has also adopted The Princes’ Trust as its chosen charity in memory of Stephen.
David McNamara adds: “Stephen was a great mentor to young people and encouraged many of the team at SOS to strive to meet their goals. His mother requested donations go to the youth charity Princes’ Trust at his funeral, so it seemed fitting to continue our support. Seven employees in Team SOS braved the Bath Half in March and raised over £2,000 for the charity.” See www.justgiving.com/SOSTeam