Staff from James Burrell Builders Merchants have completed the 11 mile East Durham Coastal Walk with an aim to raise £1,300.00 for North East Hearts with Goals, which will fund a community access defibrillator to be placed in a public area in the North East or Yorkshire. The challenge began at Crimdon where the team walked for over 4 hours along the East Durham coastline to reach Nose’s Point in Seaham.
James Burrell decided to support North East Hearts with Goals after several first aiders within the company realised the importance of community access defibrillators and if someone were to have a sudden cardiac arrest then their chances of survival would be slim without the use of a defibrillator and CPR. Over 100,000 people die in the UK every year from sudden cardiac arrest therefore it is important that there are more defibrillators in public places.
North East Hearts with Goals are a fantastic charity who have placed over 450 defibrillators throughout the North East since they started back in 2013. Christine Stephenson, Co-Founder at North East Hearts with Goals, stated “We are incredibly grateful to all of the James Burrell staff and customers for their recent fundraising activities to support North East Hearts with Goals, it’s great to see a local business embrace such a worthy cause. When a cardiac arrest occurs your chances of survival reduce by 10% every minute without a defibrillator and CPR and thanks to the amazing efforts of everyone involved in the James Burrell Charity Walk, we are able to provide another area with this life saving piece of equipment.”
Staff from James Burrell rose over £1600.00 for the fantastic charity, smashing their fundraising target. The extra money will be extremely beneficial to the charity and the work they do in the North East and Yorkshire.