Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County recently met with the Underwood family again to hear about the campaign they are behind to encourage schools throughout the country to have defibrillators on site which have the potential to save young lives.
Robert Underwood said “As a family we know the true extent and the heartache suffered following the loss of a child, in our case our wonderful daughter Charlotte who sadly, at the tender age of 16, passed away from the silent killer SADS – Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome. Our aim is to raise awareness and to hopefully ensure that no other family has to go through what we have been through unnecessarily. Today we now back demands to get this potentially lifesaving equipment (defibrillators) installed in all schools and youth establishments to protect our children. We are very grateful for the help and support offered to us from our local MP, Karen Lumley.”
Maggie Underwood went on to say “We know there are costs involved in getting this equipment into schools but the upset for families and those close to a person who is swiftly taken in this way, such as their fellow classmates, teachers and friends, is a far greater price to pay. There are many children dying from SADS each year, and although some may display symptoms, they are often ignored or mistaken for other ailments such as asthma. I think it is time that we all get together and do all we can to protect our kids, after all, the children we are trying to protect are our future. Having a defibrillator can and will save lives, so please help and sign now.”
Anne Jolly Founder of SADS UK explained, “The cardiac charity SADS UK is pleased with the support shown for the Big Shock Campaign, urging Government to bring forward a strategy to make defibrillators available in all schools. The amount of people signing the SADS UK online petition shows how passionate the public are that schools have this potentially lifesaving equipment in place. We are delighted that Karen Lumley MP is backing SADS UK’s important initiative and that she is hosting an event for fellow MPs in Parliament to help further highlight the need for urgent action to be taken.”
Karen said “I met with the Underwood family last year and I was extremely saddened and moved to hear about the tragic loss of their daughter Charlotte. Since then I have been more than happy to lend my support to the family and to SADS UK to help raise awareness. I will soon be hosting an event for my colleagues in London to further emphasise the importance of this issue and the work that SADS UK does, and I am currently in the process of trying to secure a Westminster Hall Debate on the subject.”
To sign the SADS UK petition on line please visit www.change.org/petitions/sads-uk-big-shock-campaign-schools-must-have-defibrillators
If anyone would like to help sign and circulate the SADS UK’s paper petition please call 07794637073 and Robert and Maggie will gladly make arrangements to send one to you. If anyone would like to donate to Charlotte’s fund where all money raised will go directly into buying defibrillators for local schools, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/margaret-prentice
Anyone who would like further information about Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome or the Big Shock Campaign should contact Anne Jolly, SADS UK, Tel: 01277 811215 email: email@example.com www.sadsuk.org