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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Carry On Beating 2 - Chesil Beach Challenge 2023 - Raising Funds For Defibrillators In Weymouth

Chesil Radio were recently approached by the awesome team organising an incredible walk in October. We were approached at one of our legendary quiz nights at the Waterloo. Mark your calendars because this event is going to be epic!

Rick and Andy are taking charge of this fundraiser, showing their determination by diligently preparing for the upcoming weeks of training generously offered free by Alpha Fitness Weymouth. They are actively seeking fellow participants to join them on this walk and contribute to the cause by securing sponsorships. The funds raised will be dedicated to providing Weymouth with much-needed defibrillators.

Rick, along with others, successfully gathered funds for the installation of a vital facility at The Waterloo in the Park District in 2021. The motivation stemmed from a harrowing incident where they had to perform CPR on a collapsed individual, who thankfully made a full recovery due to their swift response. This incident served as a stark reminder of the urgent requirement for accessible emergency equipment in various locations.

The walk is due to start on Portland at 7am approximately on the 14th October and will take approximately 18 hours along the route, we hope here at Chesil Radio to join them at the start point and then regular updates from the team along their route, which we will share on the day. It is not just the one event, as several pubs are supporting the team with other fundraiser events at The Waterloo on Grange Road, The Royal Oak on Dorchester Road and The Dolphin on Park Street, so make sure you keep up to date on their social media on these events before and after the walk itself. Don't worry we will share them too on our pages.

The defibrillators are the main purpose for this walk, but any spare funds will be donated to The Veterans Hub in Weymouth.

Did you know that a simple shock from a defibrillator can dramatically increase the chances of survival in emergency situations? Even before the professionals arrive, you can make a life-saving difference. In the UK, studies have shown that untrained individuals performing CPR and using a defibrillator can raise survival rates from a mere 8% to an astonishing 32%-53%! The key lies in quick access to these devices.

Jerry P Nolan, Honorary Professor of Resuscitation Medicine, University of Bristol; Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital, Bath said back in 2017: "Each minute of delay to defibrillation is estimated to reduce by 10% the probability of long-term survival after ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest. Non-dispatched lay first responders who use on-site automated external defibrillators (AEDs) can deliver a shock several minutes faster than first responders who are dispatched from elsewhere. The findings support an increase in the number of AEDs placed in cardiac arrest ‘hot spots’. Placement of AEDs in well-known businesses such as coffee shops and banks may optimise accessibility. Unfortunately, the impact of public access defibrillator programmes is limited by the fact that only 15% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in public places."

There is another opportunity to find out more about the walk from Rick and Andy at The Waterloo on Thursday 17th August at 8pm. If you can't make that date, you can catch Andy or Rick regularly at The Waterloo or leave a message for them there.

As soon as there is a fundraising page, we will share that with you all here.... and with regular updates on their progress on their training and on the day itself.

Here at Chesil Radio, we wish them luck and will be supporting the team in any way that we can....

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