MP cuts the ribbon on new defibrillator at Rye Station

The defibrillator was unveiled at Rye Station on Friday, March 16
The defibrillator was unveiled at Rye Station on Friday, March 16

Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, helped unveil a new defibrillator at Rye Station on Friday (March 16), through a partnership between The Sussex Heart Charity (SHC) and Southern Rail.

Life-saving machines have been fitted to more than 50 stations across Sussex since SHC first launched the programme two years ago, with more than £100,000 invested during that time.

L-R: David Jones (Area Sales Manager Cardiac Science), and Steve Morris, whose life was saved by an AED and is now a qualified community resuscitation trainer. SUS-180316-130241001

L-R: David Jones (Area Sales Manager Cardiac Science), and Steve Morris, whose life was saved by an AED and is now a qualified community resuscitation trainer. SUS-180316-130241001

Amber Rudd MP helped celebrate the installation and heard that, by the summer, there will be an automated external defibrillator (AED) at every station in the county, or in the community nearby.

She said: “I am delighted to have attended the launch of Sussex Heart Charity’s defibrillator campaign at Rye Station. The charity is doing fantastic work to install automated external defibrillators in train stations throughout Sussex.

“It is such an important initiative that could help save lives in our towns and I am pleased Rye station has become a part of it.”

Jason Palmer, SHC volunteer director, said: “Watching Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP unveil the 55th SHC defibrillator at Rye train station was truly a very proud moment. The SHC is the largest cardiac care charity in the county, but also the smallest, with only two paid staff. It’s local people giving up their time, making regular donations and supporting small local charities by attending events that make a difference, enabling charities such as the SHC to fund life-saving equipment, basic life support and cardiac counselling throughout Sussex, for the people of Sussex.”

Amber Rudd MP cuts the ribbon

Amber Rudd MP cuts the ribbon

Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, added: “This is a fantastic partnership that has the potential to save lives right across the county. Our railways are at the heart of our communities and it’s only right that they have the machinery to aid the hearts of an unfortunate passenger who may suffer a heart attack.”

The Sussex Heart Charity is an independent charity which supports care of the heart throughout Sussex. Sudden cardiac arrest happens to approximately 30,000 people every year in the UK, and can strike anyone, at anytime, without warning.

Dr Rachael James, Consultant Cardiologist and volunteer co-chairman of SHC, said: “It is essential that defibrillation be administered as soon as possible following the cardiac arrest. If the heart does not return to regular rhythm within 5-7 minutes, this fibrillation could be fatal.

“This is why fitting AEDs close by where they may be most needed is so helpful. Providing some form or basic life support (CPR), especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.”

L-R: Mike Lewes (cardiac surgeon), Dr Rachael James (consultant cardiologist and volunteer co-chair of The Sussex Heart Charity), Amber Rudd, Terry Ayres (CEO, The Sussex Heart Charity), Nick Brown (CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway) and Jason Palmer (vice chair of trustees, The Sussex Heart Charity).

L-R: Mike Lewes (cardiac surgeon), Dr Rachael James (consultant cardiologist and volunteer co-chair of The Sussex Heart Charity), Amber Rudd, Terry Ayres (CEO, The Sussex Heart Charity), Nick Brown (CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway) and Jason Palmer (vice chair of trustees, The Sussex Heart Charity).

Written by Alex Holmes

Amber Rudd MP joins The Sussex Heart Charity and Southern Railway to celebrate the installation of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDS) at Rye Station. SUS-180316-130320001

Amber Rudd MP joins The Sussex Heart Charity and Southern Railway to celebrate the installation of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDS) at Rye Station. SUS-180316-130320001

Amber Rudd MP joins The Sussex Heart Charity and Southern Railway to celebrate the installation of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDS) at Rye Station. SUS-180316-130158001

Amber Rudd MP joins The Sussex Heart Charity and Southern Railway to celebrate the installation of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDS) at Rye Station. SUS-180316-130158001

Amber Rudd MP joins The Sussex Heart Charity and Southern Railway to celebrate the installation of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDS) at Rye Station. SUS-180316-130335001

Amber Rudd MP joins The Sussex Heart Charity and Southern Railway to celebrate the installation of life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDS) at Rye Station. SUS-180316-130335001