Wotton and Old Sodbury employees cycling for lifesaving defibrillator machines
WOTTON and Old Sodbury employees are gearing up for a charity bike ride between their offices to raise funds to buy lifesaving defibrillators.
Staff at David James & Partners rural chartered surveyors and property agents are hoping to raise £3,000 towards the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for each of the communities which house their offices; Wotton-under-Edge, Old Sodbury and Wrington.
A team of 10 employees are setting off on a 40-mile sponsored bike ride from Wotton via Old Sodbury and down to Wrington this Saturday, September 21.
They hope to complete the ride in around 5 hours.
Stewart Waters, a director at the firm, said: "David James and Partners have been a part of the three towns and villages for some time now, and it was decided that we would like to give something back to the community.
"Statistics show that more than 75,000 lives per year in the UK could be saved by the immediate availability of a defibrillator for a person in cardiac arrest.
"These portable defibrillators can be used by anyone, you do not need specific training, and they can help to save lives when used before the arrival of an ambulance."
Heart failure is one of the most common reasons that people need emergency medical treatment.
Mr Waters said that the team ranged in ability from keen cyclists and commuters to others who are dusting off their bikes just for the challenge.
He added: "We are well on the way to our target and any money raised over this sum will be donated to the British Heart Foundation."
To donate, post a cheque to one of the offices or for more information visit www.davidjames.org.uk.
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