When a heart problem occurs on a mountainside, air ambulances can take a long time to arrive. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, in many cases, the inevitable response time significantly decreases the likelihood of survival.
I'm trying to raise awareness of the need for equipment such as defibrillators on remote hillsides and mountains in organised groups, for people who enjoy the outdoors. Activities include walking, climbing, running or cycling groups and charities, even if the group meets casually.
In this project I'd like to raise £3000 to purchase a portable defibrillator, the Schiller FRED Easyport (https://www.schiller.ch/hu/en/product/fred-easyport).
The defibrillator will be used in conjunction with climbs being organised by The Mountain Coach (https://www.themountaincoach.com) and Climb your Mountain (https://climbyourmountain.org). These organisations help people who struggle with stress, anxiety and depression.
We plan to use this pilot scheme to help promote this to fellow groups, and I hope to share our stories (hopefully without ever having to use it!) with this vital piece of medical equipment.
My name is David Manners, and I've been a member of a leisure walking/climbing group for some years now. I enjoy climbing the mountains across the UK, and take part in challenges such as the National Three-Peaks as often as I can. In my working life, I'm an Ambulance Technician. In the past I've had various jobs in the health-care industry, including first-aid training and patient transport.
During my time in the group, I've noticed a real need for more advanced first-aid support, both personally and within groups. Climbing even a small hill is strenuous exercise, and for some people can be the only exercise they do. Many members of walking groups are over 40, and are at increased risk of cardiovascular problems, especially when the body is put under strain.
If you'd like to help, donate anything you can spare to our cause. Thank you!
- David Manners