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Preventing loss of life from SADS, Sudden Death

About Us

The cardiac charity SADS UK aims to save lives, providing information, funding research and medical equipment to prevent premature sudden cardiac death. Working in the areas of Research, Prevention and Emergency Care lives have been saved as a direct result of the work of SADS UK. SADS UK holds the Annual National Lifesaver Awards to honour people who have saved lives in the community using CPR and the defibrillator.

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DEFIBRILLATORS

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has developed over the years. Years ago only medics could use a defibrillator in a cardiac arrest emergency, now anyone can use this lifesaving equipment. Administering CPR and the defibrillator is the most powerful combination in saving life and the earlier it is applied the better the chance is of a person surviving cardiac arrest.For every minute that passes without defibrillation the chances of survival diminish by 10%.

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MEDICAL

SADS UK works with major Heart Hospitals around the country, providing funding for projects that deepen the understanding of cardiac arrhythmia and genetic conditions that can cause SADS, sudden cardiac death. The aim is to prevent tragic premature death and provide important information to better identify and treat individuals and families at risk.

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GET INVOLVED

The energy and commitment of members and supporters is inspirational as they take on all sorts of fundraising events, from coffee mornings and cheese and wine evenings to families getting together to do the Big Fun Run or arranging a gig, charity night or a quiz at their local pub. Whether you prefer the adrenaline rush of a Skydive, the challenge of running a marathon, or a coffee morning with friends, SADS UK has a lot of fundraising ideas and events to suit all ages and abilities.

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REMEMBRANCE

SADS UK welcomes stories from members about their experiences, loss, grief and how SADS, sudden cardiac death has affected them. Sharing our stories with others can be healing and many people benefit from knowing they are not alone in suffering a loss. With a sudden loss there is just no time to mentally prepare for what life would be like without a loved one in it. While it may be incredibly painful, we need to take time to reconcile in our minds what has happened, to try to make sense of something that seems to makes no sense. People need to be given an opportunity to talk about their loved one and assimilate what has happened, to speak or write about their unbelievable and devastating loss.

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SUPPORT

SADS UK welcomes stories from members about their experiences, loss, grief and how SADS, sudden cardiac death has affected them. Sharing our stories with others can be healing and many people benefit from knowing they are not alone in suffering a loss. With a sudden loss there is just no time to mentally prepare for what life would be like without a loved one in it. While it may be incredibly painful, we need to take time to reconcile in our minds what has happened, to try to make sense of something that seems to makes no sense. People need to be given an opportunity to talk about their loved one and assimilate what has happened, to speak or write about their unbelievable and devastating loss.

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Defibrillator donated as lasting tribute to Rachael Kiely-Cohen, aged 18

Defibrillator donated as lasting tribute to Rachael Kiely-Cohen, aged 18

Since the tragic death of 18 year old Rachael Kiely–Cohen in 2014, family and friends have been supporting SADS UK and the charity’s Big Shock Campaign to make defibrillators available in all schools and the community to help save lives.

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SADS UK Exhibiting at the SADS Foundation 2021 Virtual Annual Conference on 6th and 7th November 2021

SADS UK Exhibiting at the SADS Foundation 2021 Virtual Annual Conference on 6th and 7th November 2021

SADS UK is pleased to be exhibiting via a Virtual Booth at the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, which will be held online on November 6th and 7th!

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SADS UK Supports Restart A Heart Day

SADS UK Supports Restart A Heart Day

SADS UK are proud to have been involved in an excellent CPR & Defibrillator Training event at Hamptons Sport & Leisure Centre on Saturday 16th October 2021 to mark Restart a Heart Day - an annual initiative led by Resuscitation Council UK which aims to increase the number of people surviving out-of hospital cardiac arrests.

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Sainsbury's Waterlooville Supporting SADS UK

Sainsbury's Waterlooville Supporting SADS UK

SADS UK thanks Emily, her Mum Glenna and Waterlooville Sainsbury's staff for raising awareness and funds for SADS UK in memory of Steve, who tragically passed away from SADS in November 2020. Thanks to the Waterlooville Community for their kind donations and support.

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Ask your MP to Support the Second Reading of the Defibrillator Bill on 10th September 2021.

Ask your MP to Support the Second Reading of the Defibrillator Bill on 10th September 2021.

Help SADS UK Save Lives : Ask your MP to Support the Second Reading of the Defibrillator Bill on 10th September 2021.  The date of the reading is drawing near, so please can you email/write to your MP, Headteacher, local newspaper and let them know that you are supporting SADS UK in their aims to save lives. Ask your MP to attend the Second Reading of the Defibrillator Bill on Friday September 10th 2021 and vote in favour of it so it becomes Legislation and helps save lives. Wording You can find your MP’s details on this link:- https://members.parliament.uk/members/Commons  Read more for your supportive wording that can be copied and sent in your email to your MP. 

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Statement form Anne Jolly, MBE, Founder of SADS UK

Statement form Anne Jolly, MBE, Founder of SADS UK

Statement from Founder of SADS UK, Anne Jolly MBE.  The national cardiac charity SADS UK, set up in honour of my son Ashley Jolly in 1998 has been working for over 10 years to bring in legislation to make defibrillators mandatory in schools; including bringing Early Day Motions and petitions to Parliament. 

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The 8th Annual Inherited Cardiac Conditions Online Nursing Study Day : Tuesday 22nd November 2021

The 8th Annual Inherited Cardiac Conditions Online Nursing Study Day : Tuesday 22nd November 2021

The 8th Annual Inherited Cardiac Conditions Online Nursing Study Day: An Introduction Hosted by Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital ICC Nurse Specialist team on Tuesday 22nd November 2021 9am to 5om online event. 

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SADS UK supports the letter sent by Dr Zafar Iqbal to Boris Johnson ahead of the second reading of the defibrillator bill on the 10th September.

SADS UK supports the letter sent by Dr Zafar Iqbal to Boris Johnson ahead of the second reading of the defibrillator bill on the 10th September.

The cardiac charity SADS UK supports the letter sent by Dr Zafar Iqbal to Boris Johnson ahead of the second reading of the defibrillator bill on the 10th September.

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SADS UK praises Bayley for raising funds for 2 Defibrillators at Middlewich Town FC

SADS UK praises Bayley for raising funds for 2 Defibrillators at Middlewich Town FC

SADS UK praises young footballer Bayley for raising funds to place 2 lifesaving defibrillators at Middlewich Town FC to help save lives.  SADS UK Middlewich Representative Linda Boden said “Every morning throughout June Bayley has been getting up at 6am and running a couple of miles before going to school and sometimes in the evening until he ran a marathon." Bayley was inspired to fundraise and help protect his teammates after Danish player Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed during a Euro 2020 match.

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Holywell Mum's Memory Lives on Through Community Defibrillator placed by SADS UK

Holywell Mum's Memory Lives on Through Community Defibrillator placed by SADS UK

SADS UK thanks Helen, Jordanne and all of their friends and family for their kind support in memory of Laura.  Laura passed away suddenly in July 2019 aged just 38.  Her family and friends raised awareness and funds for SADS UK to mark what would have been Laura's 40th birthday.  With the funds raised they were keen to donate a defibrillator to Toe2Toe Fitness as the fitness centre understands how important this equipment is, and both Helen and Jordanne wanted them to benefit from having a defibrillator on their premises.

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InXpress Gives Back Scheme Places Lifesaving Defibrillator through SADS UK

InXpress Gives Back Scheme Places Lifesaving Defibrillator through SADS UK

When the InXpress Gives Back Committee asked if anyone knew of any causes the franchise network could support, SADS UK member Lisa Savage suggested supporting SADS UK by providing an accessible defibrillator to help save lives.  

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SADS UK supporting first of its kind unit launched to promote heart education in rural North Wales

SADS UK supporting first of its kind unit launched to promote heart education in rural North Wales

SADS UK are pleased to partner with the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board and Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust funding PADS Officer Tomos Hughes for the first years of the project and continuing to support the Welsh initiative to help save lives.  Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) launched a brand new Mobile Cardiology Unit at Llyn Brenig. It is part of a wider project between SADS UK, the Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

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SADS UK partnership in a lifesaving programme to help improve survival rates after a cardiac arrest is being supported with almost £2.5m over the next three years by the Welsh Government.

SADS UK partnership in a lifesaving programme to help improve survival rates after a cardiac arrest is being supported with almost £2.5m over the next three years by the Welsh Government.

SADS UK is proud to be a part of the North Wales Partnership to help save lives across Wales. We are pleased that the Welsh Government will be providing almost £2.5m towards a lifesaving programme to help improve survival rates after a cardiac arrest.  The funding will raise awareness about the cardiac arrest chain of survival and fund new educational and training resources, including improving public access to defibrillators. 

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SADS UK Supporting Research

SADS UK Supporting Research

Supporting Research : SADS UK are often contacted by major Heart Hospitals around the country and individuals taking on research projects to better understand and work to improve lives of people impacted by SADS and heart conditions.  We invite members to take part in current research projects that SADS UK is supporting. 

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Tesco Extra Havant Team 3 Peaks Challenge for SADS UK

Tesco Extra Havant Team 3 Peaks Challenge for SADS UK

SADS UK is pleased to be supporting the Tesco Havant and Friends Team as they prepare to take on the National 3 Peaks Challenge and also hold in-store fundraisers in memory of their colleague and friend Steve Williams.  A truly remarkable effort by everyone which is testament to how much Steve is loved and missed by his colleagues and all who knew him.  The funds raised will greatly assist the charity in its aim to save lives

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Lifesaving Project in Wales has been hailed a success

Lifesaving Project in Wales has been hailed a success

A life-saving project which is a partnership between the Health Board, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and SADS UK to provide access to hundreds of defibrillators across North Wales and teach people how to respond to a cardiac arrest has been hailed a success.  Starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using a defibrillator before the arrival of an ambulance increases the chance of survival from a cardiac arrest significantly.

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Statement from Anne Jolly MBE, Founder of SADS UK - Christian Erikson Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Statement from Anne Jolly MBE, Founder of SADS UK - Christian Erikson Sudden Cardiac Arrest

STATEMENT FROM ANNE JOLLY (MBE) FOUNDER OF SADS UK FOLLOWING THE SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST OF DANISH FOOTBALLER CHRISTIAN ERIKSON

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30 Day 100 Mile Walking Challenge for SADS UK In Memory of Amelie Guerin

30 Day 100 Mile Walking Challenge for SADS UK In Memory of Amelie Guerin

SADS UK thanks Rose Ling who recently took on a 30 day 100 mile walking challenge raising awareness and funds for SADS UK in memory of her dear friend Amelie who tragically passed away in 2020 aged just 28.

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Thousands reach out for help after ‘brave’ teenager’s ‘inspiring’ documentary

Thousands reach out for help after ‘brave’ teenager’s ‘inspiring’ documentary

SADS UK praises Patrick for his bravery and honesty in speaking so openly in the BBC Documentary about his feelings since the sudden and tragic death of his sister Lauren. Our thoughts continue to be with Patrick, Adrian, Maria and all of Lauren's family and friends.

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Support SADS UK in 2021

Support SADS UK in 2021

SADS UK has places at the following events so if you and your family and friends want to raise awareness and funds for SADS UK and be part of something special get in touch. Each participant will receive a SADS UK fundraising pack and t-shirt. ?

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Sudden Death : My Sister's Silent Killer

Sudden Death : My Sister's Silent Killer

SADS UK were glad to be able to work with Storyvault Films to help put together a documentary to highlight SADS. Many thanks to our charity members Patrick and family for their support in raising awareness of SADS at such a difficult time for them.

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Lifesaving Defibrillator Donated In Memory of Carli Lansley

Lifesaving Defibrillator Donated In Memory of Carli Lansley

SADS UK is pleased to be working with Karl Lansley to assist the Carli Lansley Foundation by providing defibrillators in the community to save lives in memory of Carli Lansley who tragically passed away in June 2017, aged 36.

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Lifesaving Defibrillator Donated In Memory of Joe Spooner

Lifesaving Defibrillator Donated In Memory of Joe Spooner

SADS UK is pleased that a lifesaving defibrillator has been placed at Abbots Farm Infants School. 

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International SADS Foundation Virtual Conference 2020

International SADS Foundation Virtual Conference 2020

SADS UK are pleased to be virtually exhibiting at the SADS Foundation International Virtual Conference taking place on 7th November 2020.

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SADS UK speak with Dr Mike Ackerman

SADS UK speak with Dr Mike Ackerman

Anne and John Jolly were pleased to speak with Dr Mike Ackerman about how they worked with the SADS Foundation and co-founded SADS UK.

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SADS UK Patron Dr Hilary Jones receives MBE

SADS UK Patron Dr Hilary Jones receives MBE

SADS UK are delighted that their Patron Dr Hilary Jones MBE has been bestowed the title of Member of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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SADS UK Supports Restart A Heart Day

SADS UK Supports Restart A Heart Day

Restart a Heart Day is an annual training event on October 16th 2020. 

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Stride with SADS UK to STOP SADS, 8th May 2022  -  Hyde Park, London

Stride with SADS UK to STOP SADS, 8th May 2022 - Hyde Park, London

Come rain, come shine, SADS UK is committed to STOP SADS.  Whatever the weather show your solidarity and join the SADS UK Team, Members and Supporters and Stride with SADS UK to raise awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Deaths (SADS) and help put a stop to these tragedies.

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SADS UK Patron receives Rare Award

SADS UK Patron receives Rare Award

SADS UK staff and supporters congratulate Dr Andrew Grace, who has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor of Experimental Cardiology by the University of Cambridge.

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SADS UK Fundraising Statement for Covid-19

SADS UK Fundraising Statement for Covid-19

SADS UK relies heavily on our fundraisers to help the charity in our aims to save lives due to sudden cardiac death.  We thank you for your support creating your own event or taking part in organised events to raise funds for SADS UK.

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SADS UK Heartwize Project Statement for Covid 19

SADS UK Heartwize Project Statement for Covid 19

The cardiac charity SADS UK is delighted that the Heartwize Project teaching Year 10 pupils CPR & defibrillation has been so well received by schools in Essex.

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Funded by SADS UK, Heartwize Essex were pleased to deliver CPR and Defibrillator training to Year 10 pupils at Westcliff High School for boys

Funded by SADS UK, Heartwize Essex were pleased to deliver CPR and Defibrillator training to Year 10 pupils at Westcliff High School for boys

Funded by SADS UK, Heartwize Essex were pleased to deliver CPR and Defibrillator training to Year 10 pupils at Westcliff High School for boys creating a generation of lifesavers.

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All Schools should have defibrillators to restart the Heart

All Schools should have defibrillators to restart the Heart

An Early Day Motion was tabled in Parliament in 2007 on behalf of SADS congratulating the charity with their lifesaving work and urging Government to bring forward a strategy to make defibrillators available on all school premises

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Basic life support should be taught in Schools

Basic life support should be taught in Schools

SADS is backing the BHF Campaign and Resuscitation Council (UK) initiative urging Emergency Life Support Skills to be put on the Schools National Curriculum.

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SADS UK Annual National Defibrillator Lifesavers Awards

SADS UK Annual National Defibrillator Lifesavers Awards

SADS honour people in the community who have saved lives by the prompt use of basic life support skills and applying defibrillation.

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