As you may be aware, there have been a couple of very sad incidents at other parkruns in the UK where runners have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and could not be revived. These events are tragic but thankfully very rare. In both cases, the individuals concerned have been fit and well and had not had any signs of ill health before they ran.
The partner of Darren Ablewhite (who died after running at Prices parkrun in Liverpool in October) has set up a fund to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for use in the park where he died. In the event of someone having a cardiac arrest, AEDs can dramatically improve the chances of survival until medical support arrives compared to CPR (as in the case of the footballer Fabrice Muamba). They are easy to use and require no training as they “talk” to the user and will only administer a life saving shock if the patient needs it. AEDs can regularly be found in shopping centres and other public places.
AEDs cost around £800 and we have decided to seek donations to raise enough money to buy and AED for Newcastle parkrun. We also plan tomake it available for other races and events held on the Town Moor throughout the year.
We are asking for our generous parkrunners to consider making a donation towards the fund. If everyone who regularly runs Newcastle parkrun could donate just £2, we would be able to buy an AED immediately. Hopefully we will never need to use it but you could help to save someone’s life in future (and that could be you or a loved one). You should donate via PayPal at the donation link on the parkrun website (see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/newcastle/aboutus/
). Please mark your donation “AED Fund - Newcastle” as parkrun HQ have agreed that all money donated to the AED fund will be available to Newcastle parkrun for the purposes of purchasing the AED rather than 15% going into the New Events Fund as is the case for other donations. Please note that the run directors cannot accept cash donations for this initiative.