Monday, 8 October 2012

Howard Makes Heartfelt Donation For Martek Medical


World Cup referee, Howard Webb, is set to give a donation to a Rotherham school which could help to save lives thanks to a kind hearted local company.

Martek Medical, the official UK distributor for Defibtech LLC - a leading innovator in the field of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), are giving Oakwood High School a special defibrillator via the Hand on Heart charity which helps to equip schools with lifesaving defibrillator skills.
Howard Webb will be presenting a Lifeline AED
to Oakwood Technology School

Paul Luen, Chief Executive of Martek Medical said: “We are delighted that Howard could join us to make this donation to Oakwood High School. He has had firsthand experience of witnessing someone collapse due to heart problems. Images were seen across the world when Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and Howard was praised for his response to this incident. We know that this is a topic which is important to him.

“This donation launches our relationship with Hand on Heart, a non-profit charity providing funding for defibrillator packages, including defibrillator and CPR training for staff and pupils, to schools nationwide

“Although Oakwood School is right next door to Rotherham Hospital in situations like the one encountered by Muamba every second counts. This equipment could literally be the difference between life and death.”

Every week in the UK, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people, under the age of 35, die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions. The defect is usually due to an inherited condition rather than a lack of fitness.

“There have been a number of stories in the press about young people suffering from SCA due to heart conditions, many with tragic consequences.

“An important factor in these cases is early CPR and defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Both of these are vital parts of the chain of survival for suffers of SCA. AEDs are vital pieces of equipment that are designed to be simple to use so anyone can deliver an electrical shock to help restore a normal heart rhythm,” added Paul.

Martek Medical will be launching a competition in the coming weeks for another school to win a defibrillator for their site.

Howard Webb said: “This is a generous donation which could be live saving and I am delighted to be able to give this to Oakwood School on behalf of Martek Medical.

“It is always good to see companies give back to the community and this is a donation which will make a real difference.”

For further details on the charity visit www.handonheart.org and for more detail about Martek Medical visit www.martek-medical.com.