In the running for cardiac charity

Marathon Medics SADs UK

An inspirational team of colleagues in south-east Essex are putting their best feet forward to raise thousands for charity next year.

The emergency care practitioners, emergency medical technicians and paramedics will run together at the 2019 Virgin London Marathon in April, raising awareness and funds for SADS UK.

And on sunny Monday this week, some runners got to meet the SADS UK team at Southend station, including charity founder and CEO Anne Jolly MBE and SADS UK volunteer Ellie Nicholls, who has had two cardiac arrests in her short 19-year life.

It was Paramedic Trish Tippett who decided to enter an East of England Ambulance Service Trust Medics Team t the marathon, and has commandeered a runners group who will all train together.  There are now around 50 supporters who also train with them and are helping fundraise for SADS UK.

Trish said SADS UK “stood out to us and the one which we felt most connected to professionally”.

She added: “Over the collective working years of all our medics, we have dealt with far too many cases of young preventable cardiac deaths. But over the last few years we are aware of the difference we are having and the amount of lives being saved has increased dramatically. Along with the improvements in our equipment, advanced specialist training and our hard-working staff, is the education of the general public in how and what to do in the event of an emergency.

“The charity’s work has been invaluable and we believe they are partly the reason so many lives have been saved.”  

Anne and husband John lost their son Ashley to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) in 1998, aged just 16. They formed SADS UK, The Ashley Jolly SAD Trust in honour of Ashley and the charity has been working to save lives ever since his sudden and unexpected death.

For more information on the marathon fundraising, visit https://marathonmedics.wordpress.com/ or contact Trish directly; visit www.sadsuk.org for more on the charity’s work which also involves funding research into Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, working with Papworth Heart Hospital, Bristol Heart Institute, and the Institute of Medical Genetics, University Hospital of Wales.

Published 28th June 2018 

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