Supporting The Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity

by abiw1991 in Truro, Cornwall, England

Supporting The Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity

To purchase and place Public access Defibrillators around Devon and Cornwall with the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity.

by abiw1991 in Truro, Cornwall, England

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We are Southwest Medical and Security Services LTD and we are supporting the award winning charity ‘The Ronnie Richards Memorail Charity’. Below is the history and reasons behind the charity from their own website, also we have incuded near the bottom a write up after the charity were nominated along with thousands around the UK for an award and last week they attended an award ceremony and were awarded the winners of the award. Please take a couple minutes to read and then please share this page and donated what you can, even if very little as it’s all a step closer to saving a life of a loved one of someone and maybe one day your loved ones! The target of £1000 is per unit so if can raise more it will keep the funds going towards the next unit so please keep going and when this appeal ends we will start again and keep going with new pages so the funds are released to the charity and not stuck online for a long time. 


The non-profit Penzance, Cornwall based Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity(RRMC). The charity was established in memory of Liz’s Williams nee Richards, very close brother Ronnie Richards. Ronnie was a well-respected and affable character who sadly collapsed and died from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) whilst playing his beloved game of football at Penzance Leisure Centre.

Ronnie, who was fit and healthy, suddenly collapsed and died. It is an absolute pleasure to carry his special name on in the work that we do.

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.

In attendance at the Humphry Davy School event were special guests Lynette and Mark Polmear, who received a memorial plaque in treasured memory of their beloved young daughter, seven-year-old Esmee, who tragically died from cardiac arrest at Perranporth Primary School.

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.


The award write up

Co-Founder Ronnie Richards Memorial (RRMC) Paul Williams - Proud to report against all the odds just 6 in our charity we won this year's UK Heart Safe Non Profit Award having been shortlisted to ten from thousands of entries across England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. My speech in receiving the award proud to accept on behalf of the many thosands of people across Cornwall without whose input would not have been possible. There are so many people I would like to thank but I would be here writing for a week! You all know who you are and we cannot thank you enough from all at the RRMC. We started from scratch at the beginning of January 2013 heavily supported by the Cornishman newspaper to get public access defibrillators (PADs) across Cornwall and CPR & AED training having no PADs at that time on the South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) operations now officially more PADs in West Cornwall than anywhere else in the UK at a rapidly inceasing over 200. We have also through the work of many dedicated trainers CPR & AED trained over 19,000 people including the first 4500 secondary school students in the UK - Our closely linked PAD infrastructure a UK best three livessaved in a week including an eight-year-old girl - The achievement of our award is recognition and shared with all the wonderful many thousands of people in Cornwall who made it possible - As a non profit charity dealing direct with manufacturers we have secured the best price PAD equipment prices and outstanding warranties than anywhere else in the UK - To all the wonderful people who have supported the RRMC in the increasing lives saved we cannot thank you enough from all at the RRMC - Please share this post with all your family, friends, and work colleagues - Working together protecting and saving lives.



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