Welded steel mesh manufacturer Siddall & Hilton Products has succeeded in raising almost £4,500 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and is also donating an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the local community.
The Brighouse-based business started supporting the charity in early 2020 as part of a drive to raise awareness of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) and to support fundraising for research into life-saving treatments.
Having rolled out CPR training for all employees and installed an AED in the workplace, Siddall & Hilton has now installed a second defibrillator outside its offices on Foundry Street for public use in an emergency.
Director Pam Jackson, who leads Siddall & Hilton’s CSR programme, and Ian Thurley, Chief Executive, presented the community AED to Jodie Shepherd, area fundraising manager for BHF, and Joanne Watson, community defibrillation co-ordinator, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, at a ceremony on June 11th 2021. The company also made a £500 donation to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Trust to help fund another community AED in the region.
Over the last year, colleagues have undertaken a range of fundraising activities, supported by the company. For example, the inaugural Siddall & Hilton bike challenge was held, along with a walkathon and a chocoholics ‘dechox’. The company also made its own £2,000 donation to BHF to celebrate beating its financial targets last year.
“With many colleagues over the age of 50, we are well aware of the risks of cardiac arrest and want to make sure they are as well protected as possible,” said Ms Jackson.
“Some of our team have had first-hand experience of heart issues with the wife of one of our mesh operators discovering during pregnancy that she had three holes in her heart and subsequently undergoing open heart surgery – this saved her life and she is now a mother of three.
“As a result, we are all committed to doing all we can to support the vital work of the British Heart Foundation.
“We are particularly aware that not only has the charity suffered from declining revenues during lockdown with all 750 of its shops shut, it is now known that those with CVD are more susceptible to the COVID virus and have a higher mortality rate when infected.
“BHF aims to find the underlying reasons for this and consequently needs additional funding for its pioneering research – it’s really important that individuals and businesses join forces to support the BHF and prevent it becoming another victim of the pandemic.”