Did you realise that 12-15 young people aged 30 and under die every week in the UK due to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)?
Did you know that of those 12-15 deaths, 7 of those occur whilst the child is in school?
There are 10-14 cardiac related incidents in schools across the country on a weekly basis but having a defibrillator on the school premises is not a legal requirement and less than 10% of schools in the country have one.
Without immediate treatment from a defibrillator, 80% of SCA victims will die.
The Heart4More Foundation was founded by Tobi Alabi in February 2014:- primarily an organisation which works with the Premier League, the Professional Footballers Association, professional sports clubs, educational institutions and communities, to raise awareness of cardiac related issues by providing cardiac health workshops, donating defibrillators & running community heart screening days.
"Tobi joined Millwall FC as a schoolboy in 2002, and he was enrolled in the club's academy in 2010. It was just over a year later, that the 17 year old Alabi made his first team debut whilst with the squad on tour in Ireland. He was awarded a professional contract a year later, after a number of loan spells away from the club.
On 15th October 2013, Tobi suffered a fatal collapse on the field of play, during a non league friendly vs Molesy FC.
After being rushed to hospital, and undergoing a barrage of medical tests, it was discovered his heart had stopped beating for a period of 5 minutes. Upon further testing it was advised he stopped playing professional football and had a heart monitor placed in his chest to pinpoint the cause of his problems.
Tobi was still only 19 years old at the time of this incident.
In April 2014, Tobi suffered another collapse in his home on a Sunday morning. He was found lying lifeless on his bathroom floor, by his elder brother. Tobi was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, the heart monitor recorded that Tobi’s heart stopped three times for a period of three minutes on each occasion. It was from this information doctors identified Alabi had a mild case of HCM and had his second operation to implant a pacemaker and remove the heart monitor."
H4M strive to "get out and about" as much as possible, at schools, sports facilities, shopping centres - you name it: to demonstrate how a few moments of your time learning how to perform CPR could save someone's life.... maybe that would be YOU one day, or a member of your family? Food for thought.....
If you belong to an organisation that would benefit from one of H4M's workshops, or need a little help raising funds to obtain a defibrillator:- please get in touch: