A life saving defibrillator has been installed in the heart of Bury St Edmunds thanks to two brothers whose father died after cardiac arrest.
Paul and Jay Hicklin raised money for an automated external defibrillator (AED) outside The Apex as part of Arrhythmia Alliance’s Hearts and Goals campaign. They set themselves the target of funding five of the £2,500 machines in memory of their father Will, who died in April 2012.
Fundraising events have included a 24-hour dartathon with Will’s former teammates in the Royal Anglian Club and a golf day.
Their first AED was installed at Bury fire station in May. The arc project ran into problems last year when it was found the cost of running power from the underground carpark would have been £1,400 because the work had to be done out of hours.
Paul said The Apex agreed it could run off their power supply, which reduced the cost to a few hundred pounds which the arc has paid.
He added: “We want to continue to make the town safer in dad’s memory.
“This is a fantastic legacy for dad who was such a popular man and always tried to help people.”
Arrhythmia Alliance says AEDs increase the chance of someone surviving from nine to 50 per cent when compared to the use of CPR alone. Paul said they plan to hold an awareness day at The Apex where the ambulance service will offer training in AED use.
You can only get the AED from its cabinet with a code from the 999 controller and the machine will not shock if it detects a heartbeat.
Paul hopes the next AED will be put in Mildenhall.