Specsavers in Northampton will put staff and customer safety into focus on Saturday 18 February with the launch of an appeal to raise money for a lifesaving defibrillator for the store. 

Members of staff are inviting locals to support the campaign by popping into store at the weekend to take part in the fundraising day, which will include a raffle, a tombola and face painting for children. 

Close call

The team was prompted to organise the fundraiser after contact lens optician, Alison Hawkins, received a shock phone call to say that her partner had gone into cardiac arrest. 

‘My partner was at work when his heart stopped suddenly,’ Alison explained. ‘He went into cardiac arrest but thankfully the company had a defibrillator, and he was able to receive treatment that saved his life. It was a huge shock and highlights that this sort of thing can happen to anyone at any time.’

Store director Philip Rigby commented: ‘I’d like to encourage all our customers to visit us in store this weekend to help us raise as much money as we can. As Alison said, cardiac arrest can happen at any time. We’re delighted that her partner is recovering at home, but without this lifesaving equipment, he may not have been with us today.’

A variety of prizes will be up for grabs on the day, including Saints Rugby tickets, Northampton Town FC tickets, a hair salon voucher and a meal for two. Raffle tickets are on sale now.

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Chances of survival following a cardiac arrest decrease by 23% per minute, so it is vital that medical treatment is given as soon as possible. 

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