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What Do We Do?

Joe’s Jumpstart was set up by David & Shelley Lewis following the death of their middle son Joe in 2012. Joe had no previous signs or symptoms of any heart disease but on the 7th June 2012, whilst on a family walk, Joe had a cardiac arrest. Both David and Shelley have medical training and resuscitation was immediately commenced, ambulance crews arrived within eight minutes and Joe was transferred to the local hospital but could not be saved.

Joe’s death was attributed to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, a condition where seemingly fit and healthy young people suddenly collapse and die.

The aim of Joe’s Jumpstart is to raise money so that we can get defibrillators into schools in the UK, each school week seven children collapse and die in our schools. We also want to raise awareness of the condition, lobby Government to make defibrillators in school mandatory and we want to provide free, basic first aid instruction so that people know how to react in an emergency.

At Joe’s Jumpstart we believe defibrillators should be considered in the same way as fire extinguishers, that is, they should be readily accessible, mandatory in public places, businesses and schools and there should be free, readily available training for all.

We hope this website will be informative and interesting, please contact us if you have any queries or would like to know more.

The Facts

  • In the UK someone dies from a cardiac arrest every two minutes.
  • Up to 17 healthy young people collapse and die from sudden cardiac arrest each week in Britain.
  • 1 in 300 people have an undetected heart condition that could lead to sudden cardiac death.
  • Around 270 children a year will collapse and die from sudden cardiac arrest in British schools.
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