Fiona Sutton, Sales Administrator at HeartSine Technologies, threw a Gala Ball on June 6, 2015 at the Titanic Belfast that raised £13,800 for Meningitis Now, the only charity in the U.K. dedicated to fighting meningitis.
Sutton organized the Gala Ball in honor of her late cousin, who passed away on the same date in 2005 at age 20 due to meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Over 200 guests were in attendance, including Steve Dayman, CEO and Executive Founder of Meningitis Now and ambassadors from the charity, as well as representatives from several local corporations.
The Gala Ball featured an Alice in Wonderland theme with many festivities, such as circus performers, live entertainment, and a live auction, which included a HeartSine samaritan® PAD 350P (SAM 350P), an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that analyzes the heart rhythm and delivers an electrical shock to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in order to restore the heart to normal rhythm.
John and Tracey Kelly had the winning bid for the SAM 350P, which they will donate to St. Patrick’s Football Club, their local junior community football team. The user-friendly and portable lifesaving device will be stationed at the club and travel with the team during their away games. The AED will be on hand to protect the team’s players and spectators in the event of a SCA, a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
“The Gala Ball was a big success, raising much needed money for Meningitis Now”, says Sutton. “In addition to assisting this charity which is near and dear to my heart, I am pleased to know that the auctioned HeartSine AED will be made available to the St. Patrick’s Football Club, protecting both its players and fans.”
With 84 percent of Sudden Cardiac Arrest events taking place outside of the healthcare setting, including during sporting events, it is crucial that sports teams and all public places have easy access to an AED in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.