New equipment will save lives
TESCO Express stores across the town have been equipped with defibrillators after a staff member’s son died from a heart condition.
Linda Boden’s 26-year-old son died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome aged just 26, prompting her to raise more than £30,000 to supply defibrillators and training for staff.
With help and support from SADS UK, a charity which works with the community to put the equipment in public places, Linda organised a number of fundraising activities including customer car washes, community days and a themed charity evening which took place across a number of Tesco stores in the north west including Macclesfield.
Linda, customer assistant at Tesco in Middlewich, said: “I’m extremely grateful to Tesco and the store managers in the north west for helping me to pursue my aspirations to fundraise for such a worthy cause which is close to my heart. When Andrew died nine years ago there were no defibrillators in our local area, today there are 20.”
A defibrillator works to restore the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest.
At the time of Andrew’s death, no defibrillators were available for public use in the area.