Support for saving lives

  • 9 October, 2020
  • In the community


Clacton Pier has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation to support
a vital campaign to save lives.

The landmark attraction will be lit up red to highlight an annual
training event which raises awareness about cardiac arrest and helps people
learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques.

The aim is to give people life-saving skills – as well as the confidence
to be able to use them when it really matters.

The Restart a Heart Day is being held on October 16 and last year more
than 291,000 people were trained on that one day.

In the current situation most of this training will be provided digitally,
to provide safe and effective CPR.

Darren Couchman, BHF’s Essex fundraising manager, said the campaign is a
crucial initiative and can make such a difference if someone suffers a cardiac

“We are keen to raise awareness, provide education and training, which
will increase the chances of a person’s life being saved should someone suffer
a cardiac arrest,” he said.

“Every minute is critical and a trained person on the scene can be the
difference between life and death.

“I am delighted that Clacton Pier, which is in my hometown, is backing
this event and will be turning red from October 16 to 18 to help us raise

Darren has also set up a Just Giving page for people to make donations along
with further information about the BHF and the campaign at

The British Heart Foundation is the largest funder of research into
heart and circulatory diseases in the UK.

Pier director Elliot Ball said that the landmark has a lighting facility
which can be put to good use to support community events such as this.

“We are proud to be able to back Darren and the British Heart Foundation
and if we can even help save just one life it will be well worth it,” he added.

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