Fundraiser has a lot of heart

“When we discovered how common cardiac arrest is and how little is known about it, we knew we wanted to help.”

Bethan Hanly, BA (Hons) Events Management

Students from Staffordshire University have helped to organise a charity ball to raise funds to buy life-saving equipment for communities across the region. 

BA (Hons) Events Management students Bethan Hanly and Kayleigh Fyfe have planned the event alongside Staffordshire charity AED Donate and are aiming to raise awareness of one of the nation's biggest killers – sudden cardiac arrest.

Each year 100,000 people in the UK die from the condition, which occurs when the heart stops beating. An AED (automated external defibrillator) can be used to restart someone’s heart when this happens and money from the ball will pay for at least three of the machines, costing £2,000 each, to be placed in public spaces around the county.

The students decided to team up with AED Donate after meeting members of the charity while on work experience with the University at the Stone Food and Drink Festival.

Bethan explained: “When we discovered how common cardiac arrest is and how little is known about it, we knew we wanted to help.”

The Spring Ball is being held at the Moat House Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 16 April 2016 and the evening is being organised with the help of Bethan and Kayleigh for their final year project.

The red carpet affair includes a four-course dinner with a champagne reception, entertainment from local band Lost the Plot and an awards ceremony.

After initially selling out in just three weeks some tickets have recently become available and can be purchased by contacting AED Donate on 01785 472224.

“It's amazing that tickets have been so popular and we hope that even if people aren't going to the ball they'll show support for the charity by donating on their website.” said Bethan.

“We're already thinking about our next fundraiser and want raise money for another defibrillator on campus at the uni – so watch this space!”



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