Paddy McGuinness backs sudden cardiac death campaign
BOLTON comedian Paddy McGuinness is backing a campaign to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in the young.
The funnyman was the star guest at the second Hand on Heart charity UK Heart Safe Awards event.
He presented David Lloyd with the Heart Safe Gym of the Year award — and has vowed to continue to back the charity.
The Take Me Out presenter was also given a Gold Defibrillator package to donate to a school of his choice.
This will equip the school with a life-saving defibrillator along with training and other equipment to ensure they learn in a Heart Safe environment.
Paddy said: “I’m really glad to have attended this event. I’m only just getting involved but they’ve very kindly given me a defibrillator package to donate to a school of my choice.
“I’m really looking forward to becoming more involved in such a worthy cause.”
The medical team which restarted Fabrice’s Heart last spring won Lifesaver of the Year at our 2012 UK Heart Safe Awards. More than £15,000 was raised on the evening, which was held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester. Some of the evening’s winners included Intu Trafford Centre and Bailie Kershaw who had been awarded a Pride of Britain award shown on ITV earlier in the week.
Hand on Heart aims to put defibrillators into schools all over the UK and has provided more than 200 fully funded defibrillator packages since the charity began in 2010.
The Bolton News has launched Every School Leaver A Life Saver campaign, with Bolton West MP Julie Hilling.
The aim of the campaign is to ensure that all school pupils in Bolton know what to do when faced with someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest, choking or bleeding.
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