Life-saving memorial to Friend of the Phil at Brighton Dome

Andrew Comben (Brighton Dome), Mark Attwell, Terry Ayres (Sussex Heart Charity) & Catherine Stead (BPO)

On Thu 21 November 2019 a new defibrillator was presented to Brighton Dome by the family of Trevor Attwell in his memory.

Trevor passed away at his home in Lancing in the autumn from an unexpected heart condition. The previous year he supported Lancing’s first publicly funded defibrillator in memory of his late wife, Peggy.

Mark Attwell, one of his sons, who is also the Brighton Phil’s designer, explains: “He was a friend of Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and went to all of their concerts here at Brighton Dome, so we thought this was an appropriate place to have it located. My mum had a history of heart problems and when she passed away, my father donated the defibrillator to Lancing and we wanted to do the same in his memory.”

“He was fit as a fiddle and it was a shock that he died very suddenly at home from heart failure. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anybody and if there is no emergency help immediately available, it can reduce a person’s chance of survival.”

Trevor Attwell and the Lancing defibrillator

The donation was arranged with help from The Sussex Heart Charity, an independent foundation that supports heart care throughout the county. One of their initiatives has been to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in as many places as possible in Sussex.

Sudden cardiac arrest happens to approximately 30,000 people every year in the UK and can occur at any time, often without warning. If defibrillated within the first minute of collapse, the victim’s chances of survival are close to 90 percent. The chance of survival decreases the longer defibrillation is delayed.

Terry Ayres of The Sussex Heart Charity which supplied the defibrillator said: ”Placing this equipment in busy places like Brighton Dome, means that anyone suffering a cardiac arrest in that location can be helped quickly and will improve their recovery rate. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mark, Nigel and their family and friends for supporting our work in this very special way.”

Andrew Comben of Brighton Dome welcomed the donation from Mark and Nigel, following their late father’s legacy of enabling emergency life-saving equipment to be available in public venues. Thanks to their generosity staff and visitors to Brighton Dome now have access to two AEDs, enabling them to provide vital medical assistance at the venue.

You can find out more about The Sussex Heart Charity (formerly known as the Brighton Heart Support Trust) at: https://sussexheartcharity.org/

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