New equip­ment will save lives

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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.

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