West Ham proud to support Save A Life This Season campaign
West Ham United are proud to be supporting a campaign that has been launched to help saves lives by educating football fans around the awareness of resuscitation techniques.
The important issue was highlighted by Cardiff City Club Doctor Len Nokes – friend of West Ham's Head of Medical Services Richard Collinge - when his daughter Claire collapsed at a friend’s house on December 28 2016. She had suffered a cardiac arrest, subsequently confirmed as having been brought on by a condition called myocarditis. Tragically, Claire failed to recover and passed away on October 3 2017.
As a result of that tragedy, the ‘Save A Life This Season’ campaign was created and the Hammers have given their backing by producing a video to illustrate what can be done if an individual is in need of resuscitation when qualified medical assistance isn’t immediately available.
Collinge, skipper Mark Noble and long-serving left-back Aaron Cresswell took part with the aim of helping to inform the Club’s supporters and, ultimately, reducing the number of people sadly losing their lives due to heart problems.
Richard Collinge said: “As a Club, we wanted to help spread awareness of the acute management of cardiac arrests, made all the more poignant by Claire’s sad passing.
“We are proud to be the first Premier League team to support the campaign and we hope that other clubs and organisations will follow suit as we do what we can to prepare the public in the best possible way should they be faced with similar challenging situations.”
Every day in the United Kingdom, 470 people will die from a heart or circulatory disease.
Remember – with this demonstration, you’ve got nothing to lose and you could save a life this season.
To learn more, visit www.bhf.org.uk