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First aid trainer fundraises for defibrillator after friend’s death

PUBLISHED: 15:06 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:23 18 October 2018

First aid trainer, Lynda Claydon, who is fundraising for a  debrillator for south of Attleborough after a close friend had a sudden cardiac arrest, and a family member had heart failure. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

First aid trainer, Lynda Claydon, who is fundraising for a debrillator for south of Attleborough after a close friend had a sudden cardiac arrest, and a family member had heart failure. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A first aid worker is campaigning to get a defibrillator on her road after a friend died of cardiac arrest without one nearby aged 47.

Lynda Claydon, of Attleborough, wants a defibrillator installed on Hargham Road so people living on the south side of the town have improved access to the life saving machines.

The 54-year-old said: “We lost a very dear friend too soon two and a half years ago. He was just 47 and suffered a sudden cardiac arrest whilst staying at a hotel in Norfolk.

“We have also been affected by a member of our family who suffered a heart failure and required a quadruple bypass last year.

“These two events got me thinking about all the vulnerable people and those who would not be considered vulnerable who live in my small town and motivated me to raise awareness and start the campaign for fundraising for a defibrillator. Heart failure can affect any one at any age as we sadly found out.”

First aid trainer, Lynda Claydon, who is fundraising for a  debrillator for south of Attleborough after a close friend had a sudden cardiac arrest, and a family member had heart failure. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFirst aid trainer, Lynda Claydon, who is fundraising for a debrillator for south of Attleborough after a close friend had a sudden cardiac arrest, and a family member had heart failure. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Mrs Claydon is a business owner providing first aid, health and safety and social care training, and social care consultancy.

Additionally she delivers family and pet first aid.

She said: “I found that although Attleborough does have defibrillators scattered in the town these seem to be on the north side and doesn’t reflect on the expansion of the town to the south with many new homes, schools and business being built.

“If you have a heart attack at 2am there’s nothing there.

First aid trainer Lynda Claydon's training defibrillator. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYFirst aid trainer Lynda Claydon's training defibrillator. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“Research shows that using a defibrillator within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest will significantly increase the chance of survival and with fewer negative side effects.

“I would like to remind people that I offer free training on how to use this life saving equipment that is vital in a person’s moment of need.

“I would also like to thank people for the donations I have already received. With special thanks to DC Electrical who have donated generously.”

Mrs Claydon is hoping to raise £2,500, with all surplus funds donated to the British Heart Foundation. She is also putting in £500 herself.

To support Mrs Claydon visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/attleboroughheartstart

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