ENGLAND BOXING ANNOUNCES DEFIBRILLATOR INITIATIVE WITH LONDON HEARTS
At the Aspire Amateur Boxing Club in Sheffield on Thursday 16th January 2020 England Boxing announced its exciting and ground breaking initiative to make it compulsory that a life-saving heart defibrillator is placed in each of its 900 + affiliated boxing clubs by June 2021.
The ‘#EveryBeatCounts’ initiative between England Boxing and London Hearts aims to change that and ensure that in the future every boxer and spectator at every boxing club in England, no matter how big or small, will have access to a lifesaving heart defibrillator.
GB boxer and Tokyo 2020 Olympics prospect Cheavon Clarke has backed England Boxing #EveryBeatCounts Defibrillator campaign, saying: “This will save lives.”
There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests across the UK every year and, without immediate treatment, 90 to 95 per cent of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die.
However, the chance of survival increases by 50 percent with immediate access to a life-saving defibrillator.
As a result, England Boxing has taken the proactive step of making it a requirement for all 900-plus affiliated club to install a defibrillator on their premises by June 2021.
Speaking at the campaign launch at Aspire ABC in Sheffield on Thursday (16th January), England’s Under 91kg 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Clarke said: “A heart problem could affect anyone at any time, and having a defibrillator quickly to hand can be the difference between life and death.
“As a competing boxer, it’s very reassuring to know that, with the help of the #EveryBeatCounts campaign, the places where we all train will soon give anyone who encounters severe problems the best possible chance of survival.
England Boxing’s Membership Services Manager, Lynette Mayo, said: “Boxing clubs are used by many different teams and groups, not just the boxing clubs themselves, but many of these integral community spaces currently do not have defibrillators in place.
“The new partnership between England Boxing and London Hearts aims to change that and ensure that in the future every boxer and spectator at every boxing club in England, no matter how big or small, will have access to a lifesaving heart defibrillator.
“The safety and wellbeing of its member boxers, officials, volunteers and spectators remains the number one priority for England Boxing, so we’re proud to be taking this step that can potentially have enormous benefits.”
Kym Lloyd-Owen, Senior Operations Manager at London Hearts, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with England Boxing on this campaign, as we are passionate about helping to save people’s lives all over the UK.
“We’ve already helped to place more than 1,500 defibrillators and trained almost 50,000 people in how to use them. The fact that amateur boxing in England is following suit at its venues and clubs will help to safeguard the risk from sudden cardiac arrests.”
For further details on how to apply for a defibrillator, please visit www.londonhearts.org/apply-online