In December 2015 Gemma began her fundraising journey. Her six-year-old son had collapsed and doctors believed that his heart had stopped and restarted. I too suffer from a life-threatening heart condition called Long QT Syndrome, which might be inherited by her youngest son Bradley.
Gemma decided that she needed to do something to keep her son safe and very quickly helped raise enough money to provide his Farcet school with a defibrillator. From that day she decided to carry on and establish a non-profit charitable based organisation called Gemma's Hearts. Our aim it to provide 24hr public defibrillator stations in North West Cambridgeshire so there will always be a defibrillator nearby in the event of a cardiac arrest.
We also aim to help our local schools become heart safe schools by assisting them with fundraising for a defibrillator for their own building.
Gemma's Hearts is in the process of registering as a charity. Pete Rushmer from Flagship is one of the trustees. Flagship support Gemma with community projects including First Aid for all.