During a time when the need to increase numbers of accessible defibrillators across the country has never been so pressing, the team here at EPC-UK can proudly announce that, as a result of September’s charity golf day, new funds raised to buy lifesaving defibrillator systems have exceeded £3,500.00.
Defibrillator funding has long been EPC-UK’s chosen charitable endeavour of choice and, whilst it’s been encouraging to learn that the government will be seeking to change current regulations and ensure that all schools have defibrillators on site moving forward, we hope to continue our own efforts to make equipment accessible across all areas of the community a lifesaving reality.
The money we’ve raised will secure the purchase of three defibrillators, together with the funding needed to pay for associated staff training in schools and community organisations; an achievement made possible thanks to our long-awaited return to the golf course this year.
Playing for charity
Our annual event, held at the MacDonald Portal Hotel & Spa in Cheshire, was placed on hold in 2020, however this month, having the opportunity to resume play has meant so much to so many. Following the challenges and separations colleagues, customers and friends alike have faced in recent months, the sporting spirit during our golfing event was better than ever, creating a sense of camaraderie that was second to none.
Scores on the board
We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to all competitors for their exceptional sportsmanship on the day and highly enjoyable company. Warm commendations go to 1st place winners; Ian Healey, Chris Addicott, Johnny Will and Owen Huxtable from Team BAM Ritchies.
We’d also like to congratulate our 2nd place runners up; Jonathan Heath, Ben Daykin and Gavin Hirst from Armsons, who were joined by independent player, Ian Hallworth. Placed in 3rd were golfers Toby Stephenson, Darren Turner, Shahid Nawqi and Gary Titterton – from Neuways.
The money raised has exceeded every charity total we’ve achieved since starting the golf event back in 2015 – an exceptional accomplishment, particularly in light of current restrictions.
A lifesaving cause
“Every year in schools in the UK, around 270 children die from sudden cardiac arrest, but with correct defibrillation survival rates can be as high as 75%,” our Managing Director, Ben Williams explains.
“I have been in a situation where the CPR training I’d received in the past was suddenly called upon, when a gentleman I didn’t know suffered a cardiac arrest in a public place. Without my training and access to a defibrillator, the outcome of the situation could have been fatal. Thankfully, I had the skills and equipment to step up and do everything I could before the ambulance arrived.
“Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. That’s why we’re continuing our momentum to raise vital funds that enable defibrillators to be installed in schools and communities, and train individuals in CPR and equipment use.
“Supporting the message of charity The Oliver King Foundation, we too believe that defibrillators ‘should be as common in public buildings as fire extinguishers.’.
“We couldn’t have achieved our fundraising result without the time, help and passion of our partners and employees and we offer our sincere thanks to everyone who made the event and it’s superb charitable outcome happen.”
The team at EPC-UK intends to keep the defibrillator fundraising spirit alive and plans to create further opportunities to support the life-saving cause that has become so personal to us here.
Note the 2022 EPC-UK charity golf day date in your diary now, as we’ve already booked the course for Thursday 8th September. In the meantime, should you know of any new ways we might be able to help generate funds to continue supporting our defibrillator cause, please get in touch with Julie.Wootton@epc-groupe.co.uk