COLLEAGUES at Specsavers in Newport will be hosting an epic 12-hour CPR challenge on 21 November to raise the necessary funds for a
at Specsavers in Newport will be hosting an epic 12-hour CPR challenge on 21
November to raise the necessary funds for a defibrillator that will be housed
in the store.
need for a machine on the High Street was highlighted by locally qualified CPR IOW
Volunteer and Fundraiser ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, Dana Edkins-Wherry.
The store was inspired by Dana’s story –who has her own internal defibrillator
in her chest, as she has a serious hereditary heart condition which causes
irregular heart Rhythms and ectopic beats. This has driven her commitment to
support numerous fund-raising efforts on the Island.
a quest to encourage as many donations to make the purchase possible, the team will
be running two events including a raffle and the 12-hour challenge.
of the big day, Dana has been training Specsavers colleagues. It has spurred them on even further to ensure
their challenge is a success on the day and that the target fund of £1,000 is
support the 12-hour challenge, a BHF mascot will be on-hand for some
entertainment and Specsavers will also be hosting a raffle rammed full of
wonderful prizes including meal vouchers and fashion items from participating
tickets costing £1.00 each or £5.00 for a strip, are available to buy now at
Specsavers and Halifax BS. The draw will
take place at the end of the challenge at 5pm on 21st November.
representative Sue Dorman says: ‘A cardiac arrest can happen at any time, and
without this lifesaving equipment, an individual could lose their life. It is
therefore imperative that we have a defibrillator on our high street should
anyone in the local area ever need one.’
Edkins-Wherry says: ‘Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart goes into an abnormal
Rhythm and the electric activity becomes chaotic, stopping the blood move
around the body and brain. According to the BHF, currently in the UK there are
over 30,000 cases of cardiac arrests each year, and sadly 1 in every 10 dies.
However if a bystander performs CPR it increases there chances of survival to 1
in 4, demonstrating its importance in literally saving lives.
aim is to have the defibrillator at Specsavers 107 High street and it will be available
for use during store opening hours 0900-1800 on weekdays, 0900-1730 on
Saturdays and 0900-1700 on Sundays (with some exceptions including Christmas Day
and some Bank Holidays).
For more information,
visit the store at 107 High Street, Newport, PO30 1TJ, call T: 01983 821 280 or
for the fundraiser will be live until 24 December. To make a pledge, visit .
(Thursday) 8:00 am - 8:00 pm