Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation
After the tragedy of losing two children Charlotte and Craig Underwood to heart failure, parents Margaret and Robert set up ‘Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation’ in their memory. Their aim is to provide lifesaving defibrillators; An electrical device that provides a shock to the heart when there is a life-threatening arrhythmia present, into local schools. The charity, based in Redditch, has provided over two hundred defibrillators across the Birmingham area since 2010.
Who are Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation?
Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) is a rare, undetected condition which affects up to 500 children every year. The condition’s responsible for SADS cause a cardiac arrest by bringing on a ‘ventricular arrhythmia’ (a disturbance in the heart’s rhythm), even though the person has no structural heart disease. Symptoms include unusual chest pain, shortness of breath during exercise or fainting.
Since the loss of their daughter in 2010 and son three years later, Margaret and Robert have and continue to work tirelessly to spread awareness of the condition and look to provide defibrillators to local schools, community centres and youth groups – even to the homes of people with existing heart conditions. Their long-term aim is to help save lives, and ensure a device is present within every school in Redditch and Bromsgrove.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Up until now Robert and Margaret have raised funds with the help of great supporters and volunteers. With your help, your £2,000 will pay for the installation of one defibrillator, a cabinet, signage, a spare battery as well as provide training to staff on how to use it in an emergency.