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Bridgeway staff fund a defibrillator for local community

Employees at Bridgeway Consulting in Nottingham braved the cold and wet earlier in the year to complete a virtual rail relay, walking, cycling, swimming, running and rowing over 1600 socially distanced miles to raise funds for a public access defibrillator.

The team of 16 from the rail engineering firm set a target of 591 miles, to cover the virtual distance from Thurso to Penzance, the most northerly and south-westerly railway stations - but the team resulted a total of 1645 miles, enough to do the journey almost three times over.

Quantity surveyor Beth Bowden said: "We were overwhelmed by the support of family and friends, and the number of people who wanted to get involved. At a time when we could not come together in the office, it really kept us together virtually, as well as get moving again during lockdown."

The machine has now been installed and is connected to "The Circuit" which could save the East Midlands Ambulance Service time in an emergency, along with saving lives. 

Research shows that CPR alone provides 9% chance of survival; CPR and the use of a defibrillator increases the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest to more than 70%. 

Managing director Pino De Rosa added: "The health and wellbeing of employees is important to us, and particularly through lockdown this has been a concern. 

"Therefore, this was a great way to encourage our employees to exercise as well as raise awareness around the issue of heart disease. As a company we are always looking for ways to link wellbeing with fundraising activities and a number of our Employees have continued that ethos throughout this year by taking part in many events countrywide."