About Ronnie Richards and the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity
Penzance born Ronnie was a devoted family man, well respected national carpet fitter and a keen sportsman. Ron enjoyed tennis, cycling and most of all football. He was involved in local football and played in the Amor Shield League with Penzance Argyle 1976/77 season, after which he played for the newly-formed Long Rock AFC. Their most successful season was in 1983/4 when they won the Amor Shield, Marazion Cup and were the first team to win the Cable and Wireless 7’s trophy. For a short time in 1987 he joined brother Brian at Marazion to play in their West Penwith side but decided he preferred to play indoor 5 a side soccer. Ron collapsed and died whilst playing indoor 5 a side football with his son John and his colleagues from C and R carpets on 26 August 2008 at Penzance Leisure Centre.
On 29 June 2017 the RRMC celebrated its 200th sited PAD in Cornwall, at Humphry Davy School, Penzance. We were also proud to announce at the event that several thousand people had also been CPR & AED trained, including (the first in the UK) around 2,500 secondary school students at Humphry Davy School (Penzance), Cape Cornwall School (St Just), and the Camborne Science & International Academy.
Many guests attended the RRMC 200th PAD ceremony at Humphry Davy School, which was covered by West Country Television News, BBC Spotlight Television, Pirate FM Radio and Heart FM Radio. Among the guests supporting the programme were, the South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST), GPs, Police, National Coastwatch Institution, Surf Life Saving Clubs, Businesses, School Headteachers, School Teachers, Truro City Council, Town Councils, Town Mayors, Parish Councils, Councillors, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Community Representatives, Heart Charities and Sport Representatives.
Both West Country Television and BBC Spotlight Television featured Henry Snelson, from Cape Cornwall School, who when 14 years of age saved his father Tony, who suffered a cardiac arrest at home. Without Henry’s CPR and incoming defibrillator shock, his father would have died.
Across the UK 2,000 people die each week after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which is the equivalent of one person every 5 minutes. This statistic includes one child daily in our schools.
According to the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) a shock by defibrillation administered within one minute increases the chance of survival by 90 per cent.
The survival rate without being shocked decreases by 10 per cent and 14 per cent with every passing minute.
The RRMC secured a 24/7 external PAD to cover the school and surrounding community and trained all the teachers.
The RRMC are currently the only organisation in the UK that has embraced a full closely linked PADs and CPR & AED training programme covering public, communities, residential areas, schools, all sports and annual 24/7cover on beaches in resulting saving lives.
The RRMC PAD programme is structured like that in Seattle, Washington, USA, who with a similar population to that of Cornwall (around 630,000 people), have 3,000 PADs and 75 per cent trained boasting a world record out-of-hospital cardiac survival rate of around 70 per cent. By training all of Cornwall’s secondary school students and communities, supported by our rapidly increasing closely linked PADs, we hope to achieve the same success.
To ensure that the best possible infrastructure is in place, we work very closely with, and are supported by all of the major emergency agencies, including the South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST), Hospitals, GPs, Cornwall Fire Brigade, National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Police, Surf Life Saving Great Britain (SLSGB).
SWAST have all our PAD sites on their operational system. The control operator will direct the 999 caller in a heart attack or cardiac arrest situation to a nearby PAD site if available and guide throughout. For external keypad cabinets they will give the access code.
The non-profit RRMC is comprised of dedicated unpaid volunteers and in securing greatly reduced prices for top quality PAD equipment pass on every penny in savings. Our reward is quite simply the saving of lives.
The RRMC has the most progressive PAD programme in the UK offering the following benefits: –
Secured greatly reduced price top quality PAD equipment.Free PAD infrastructure advice service.Conformity AED equipment.Free delivery PAD equipment supplied within 5 working days on receipt of payment.All PADs reported on South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) operational system.Non-profit small charge on site top quality CPR & AED Training.Free expert Debrief Counselling Service.All PAD sites listed for free on our website Locator Map.All PAD sites on our free download mobile app.Comprehensive health information on our website.Top rate support service including parts kept in stock.No maintenance charges.The RRMC PAD programme is supported by thousands of individuals.
Charity registration details. Charity Registration 1146965VAT Registration 213 938017
Working in partnership with the charity
Here at Southwest Medical and Security Services LTD we are working in partnership with the Ronnie richards Memroial Charity to make the Southwest a safer place to live, visit and enjoy. Together we will continue to support the amazing work the charity has already achieved in the Southwest and to date has over 200 PAD's (public access defibrillators) in Cornwall and over 70 in Devon. We us having offices in Devon and Cornwall we believe that we could really help the charity with raising money towards the PAD's. Not only shall we be working in partnership with the charity to raise money for them but we shall be over time and at our expense, kitting all our vehicles, bicycle response bikes and responder bags with the top of the range defibrillators that the charity have secured an amazing deal with the supplier for. We shall be organising a number of events throughout the year and we have a crowdfunder page running which we have to re start every month due to that being the longest they can run for, we shall also have charity buckets at any events that we cover with our services for people to donate should the client allow this. We will also be offering free basic life saving and defibrillator training at events and in schools, community groups and organisations around the couthwest. One of our aims is to provide every sports club in the southwest with a defibrillator and are currently in talks with a number of clubs about this and how they can raise the funds for the defibrillator, some clubs are considering making a donation of the price of a defibrillator themselves and then it will be on site Incase it should ever be needed. Should you wish to discuss having a defibrillator at your sports club, youth club or organisation, then please visit the contact us page and send us a message. We will be happy to work with you and make this happen and sort out some dates to come and provide some free training. Please visit our crowdfunder page and donate if you can, even if just a pound it's a pound closer to another defibrillator, please also share the page so others can donate. If you can help out at any events we organise then also please get in touch, we are hoping to have collections in supermarkets, towns and cities, sporting venues and other events around the Southwest.
Free Basic Life Saving & Defibrillater Training
We offer free basic life saving and defibrillator training all over the Southwest. We can either do it for an organisation, school, business basically everyone. We do offer this free as we think it's so important that people know the basics incase they are ever in an incident which would require them to do CRP or use a defibrillator but we do put a collection bucket out and if people wish to donate towards the next defibrillator then the option is there but we understand that not everyone is in a position to donate which is why we don't charge for the lesson. We do ask though if it's a business that the business makes a donation and we can run two dates if required so if people are working the first date then hopefully can attend the second date. We are also in the process of getting a baby resus doll so people can see the difference between adult and baby CPR. If you would wish for us to come to your school, youth club, organisation or business to teach basic live saving and defibrillator training then please message us through the contact us page and include as much details as possible so we know venue, number of people, time of day and day that suits best, we can't guarantee that it will on that date as the trainer works full time training people so it's when they are free as they give up their spare time to do this at no cost. This shouldn't be mixed up with courses like emergency first aid at work etc, if you require these then please visit the page "our services" or contact us and we can arrange a quote for you. Again we can come to you or hire a venue which we would include in costs, can be a single person or a group from a business, if single person it would be when we found enough people to run a course but hopefully will be once a month for each course on offer. Currently the charity has trained over 19,000 people in Cornwall including 4500 school pupils and 1200 of them were trained at the same time as part of a world record attempt to train the most school pupils at one time in CPR.
To date over 200 have been placed in Cornwall and over 70 in Devon. But this may sound a lot but it’s no where near the number to adiquitly cover the areas and so will continue. We wish to cover every school and sports club in Cornwall and Devon. As you will see above one school pupil a day dies in Uk schools from sudden cardiac arrest. Please support us purchase more units for the southwest and also train more people. These machines that are currently out have already saved lives and so the more we can get the more lives saved. Cornwall and Devon has many rural areas where ambulances are going to be there quickly and so having these machines near by could save the patients life and start treatment sooner until an ambulance arrives. Please donate even if just £1 it all adds up. And please share this post!
In October of this year the charity attended an awards night in Manchester and won the Heart Sine award for the work they have done so far locally! Thanks again