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SADS Awareness Week

3-10 October 2015

The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) has established SADS Awareness Week to mark the anniversary of the loss to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) victim 14 year old Joe Humphries from Rothley who suddenly collapsed and died whilst out jogging on 4th October 2012.

To mark this key milestone in the JHMT calendar, the Trust is launching four powerful and informative sports orientated posters to make more people aware of the dangers of SADS. These are on display within GP surgeries, schools and public venues in the city and county. This year's SADS theme: #beHEARTsafe is primarily focused on encouraging sports clubs, leagues and, those responsible for organising events to be better prepared to save a life by more people involved in sport to be trained in basic CPR skills,know how to use a defibrillator and the importance of having quick access to this vital piece of lifesaving equipment.

A defibrillator really is a team's 12th man as the early intervention of effective CPR and shocking the heart with a defibrillator can save someone's life.

"SADS Awareness Week in the city and county during the first week of October every year is a good opportunity for us to remind Leicestershire's citizens of how important it is to be able to do CPR to save someone's life in cardiac arrest, and how easy it is to learn CPR, either from classes or even getting the basics off the Internet. Doctors, nurses and ambulance staff in our city and county are very proud of the Leicestershire schools Heartsafe CPR programme to train thousands of school-children in secondary schools.

In addition, thanks to the support of the Leicester City Council, the Trust has extended its reach beyond the school gates by delivering, for free, the Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Clubs lifesaving programme to a growing number of sport clubs and groups in the community looking to create the safest possible sporting environment for all.

This year marks our third annual medical conference, teaching health and sports staff that teenagers and young people can have an undiagnosed heart problem. Sometimes the first sign of having one of these heart conditions is collapsing when you push your heart hard, during exercise. It is important to realise though, that doing sports activities is usually good for your heart, so this year's SADS week coinciding with the Rugby World Cup means that we can give a positive message about playing sport, but playing safe and being aware of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome. "Arrhythmic" means that the heart goes into an abnormal rhythm (beat) which can result in either a faint, or a full cardiac arrest (heart stopping and death)."

Dr Ffion Davies, Consultant Specialist in Emergency Medicine, UHL NHS Trust

"I'm proud to back the #beHeartsafe campaign and SADS Week 2015. This is such an important cause, it's vital that we raise awareness of sudden heart deaths in young people and campaign for sports clubs and other community groups to #beHeartsafe.

Having access to a defibrillator is key as is ensuring players and officials, as well as coaches, are familar in how to use one and also have basic CPR skills. This should form part of a sporting club's duty of care to protect players as well as everyone else involved in sport and recreational activity.

SADS Week this year coincides with Leicester hosting games for the Rugby World Cup. I want to share the message with the rugby family in Leicestershire and beyond that they can join other sports clubs in learning CPR, getting life-saving equipment in place and joining us in the fight against SADS."

Martin Johnson CBE patron of JHMT

"Now we know that an increasing number of seemingly fit and healthy young people like Joe can be susceptible to undiagnosed heart conditions, triggered by exercise, parents need to know that their children are in the safest possible environment when they go off and play sports, so we're also lobbying sports clubs and community venues to fit defibrillators. As common as fire extinguishers has to be the goal for AED placement."

Steve Humphries, chair of JHMT

Show Your Support

Help JHMT save young heart beats

Join our #beHEARTsafe sports poster campaign

Print off the #beHEARTsafe campaign posters above and put it up in the office or home. Share with friends and family. We have four campaign posters: We Save goals, they save lives – Don't be caught out, be HEARTsafe – I can score tries. Trying these scores and When I'm older I want to be a……

You can also download a copy of the 'Every team needs the 12th man' screen save advert to promote the week on your Facebook and Twitter home page.

Download Instructions

  1. Right-click on the link to the file you want to download.
  2. Choose "Save Target As …"
  3. Choose where you want to save the file on your hard drive.
  4. Click 'Save'.

Forewarned is forearmed - Learn about SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome)

SADS is a group of lethal heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death in young people between 12 - 35 years. These conditions can be treated and deaths can be prevented. The Trust is working with the medical profession in Leicester and Leicestershire to ensure all families of young people are made fully aware of what symptoms to look out for and the measures that can be taken to prevent further unnecessary sudden deaths like Joe - If you don't have the information you can't make a choice' - Martin Johnson CBE patron of JHMT

For further information see SADS and the symptoms to look out for

It takes Seconds to Save a Life - Learn CPR and how to use a Defibrillator

One of the key priorities for JHMT over the past two years has been our focus on shifting attitudes on the importance of creating a new generation of livesavers who have the basic lifesaving CPR skills in knowing how to save a life. This investment in schools and sports clubs over time has resulted in increasing survival rates to 56% in other European countries and USA compared to only 10% UK. It takes minutes to evacuate a building but only seconds to save a life - 'Calling for help, giving CPR and using a defibrillator are the first three links in the survival chain to help people reach specialist care' - Dr Doug Skehan, Leicester-shire Heartsafe UK Project Director

For more information on how you can save a life, please read our instructions on how to carry out basic CPR

Other links:

Joe's Mini Heartstart 4 sports lifesaving sessions

Leicester - shire Schools Heartsafe UK programme

Join Joe's army of Volunteers

If you want to go the extra mile to help Joe's Trust raise awareness and reduce the incidence of sudden , cardiac death in young people, 12 - 35 years old, please come and join us. It doesn't matter whether you can sponsor an event, taking part in fundraising activities, hand out leaflets for an hour, or make a cup of tea.

Join Joe's growing army of volunteers who go the extra mile to make a difference to help JHMT save young heart beats

Inspire Awards

The Inspire Awards are part of the Trust's long-term charitable aims to make a difference through Joe's legacy. The awards are designed to inspire young people, 13 -21 years old, to fulfil their potential and develop their talents.

We know that young people are sometimes thwarted in their attempts to realise their ambitions. They might not get the financial support, expert advice or counselling they need.

The JHMT Inspire awards can provide a financial contribution and/or practical advice and help towards helping young people flourish across a wide variety of community, sporting, entrepreneurial and creative arts activities.

Events Programme

Medical and sports practitioners join forces to tackle sudden death in young people at SADS Conference 2015

Medical and sports practitioners join forces to tackle sudden death in young people at SADS Conference 2015

Friday 2nd October 2015

Location: King Power Stadium (Keith Weller Suite)

The Trust are hosting this year's SADS Awareness Conference on Friday 2nd October. It will be heavily weighted and themed around sport and split into two parts. The am session will be for medical practitioners eg Doctors, nurses, paramedics etc followed by in the afternoon for sports coaches, PE teachers, reps from governing bodies of sport, those responsible for first aid and welfare of young people in sports clubs.

A Musical Evening at Leicester Cathedral

A Musical Evening at Leicester Cathedral

Saturday 3rd October 2015

Location: Leicester Cathedral

With Christian Smaditch (Piano), local musicians and special guests.

Classical, Swing, Popular favourites and well known Rugby Anthems...

Celebrating the Rugby World Cup in Leicester.

Warriors Basketball Club - Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Training

Warriors Basketball Club - Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Training

Monday 5th October 2015

Location: Gateway College

Warriors Basketball Club will be taking part in Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Training

http://www.leicesterwarriors.com/

Launch of Joe's Photography Competition

Launch of Joe's Photography Competition

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Location: De Lisle College

Launch of this years Joe's Photography Competition at De Lisle which attracted over 100 entries in both 2013 and 2014.

De Lisle will also be launching the third Joe's Photography competition, which is a fantastic whole school event where we foster and encourage the creative talents of our students. Professional Photographer, Lee Glasgow, will be coming in to judge the event on Thursday 19th November, as part of our Creative & Active week celebrations.

CKI Martial Arts Club - Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Training

CKI Martial Arts Club - Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Training

Tuesday 6th October 2015

Location: CKI Martial Arts Club

CKI Martial Arts Club will be taking part in Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Training

https://www.facebook.com/ckikarate

Joe's Mini Heartstart 4 Sports Training at De Montfort Students Union

Joe's Mini Heartstart 4 Sports Training at De Montfort Students Union

Wednesday 7th October 2015

Location: De Montfort University Students Union

De Montfort Students Union – sports societies will be taking part in Joe's Mini HeartStart 4 Sports, a free training programme that teaches cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator.

The training, which will take place during the middle of SADS Week – and led by JHMT medical lead Dr Mike Ferguson and JHMT's JMHS4S Heartsafe schools trainer Alan Harrison White. DMUSU are working in partnership with JHMT to raise awareness of SADS amongst the student population and create the safest sporting environment for those who take part in the university's annual sports programme.

Photo op with Leicester Forest Rugby Club members and their new defibrillator at their clubhouse

Photo op with Leicester Forest Rugby Club members and their new defibrillator at their clubhouse

Wednesday 7th October 2015

Location: Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 3PJ

Leicester Forest Rugby Football Club, in Leicester Forest East, has installed a new defibrillator. Club members have taking part in training on how to use the new equipment, as well as how to perform CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), from specialists at JHMT.

JHMT also provided a grant towards an external defibrillator box, which means the defibrillator can be placed outside and will be accessible to the wider community and other sports clubs.

It's the first time that a rugby club has taken part in the JHMT training, joining local football, table tennis and cricket clubs in ensuring that club members know what to do if someone collapses in sudden cardiac arrest.

http://leicesterforestrfc.com/

Leicester Coritanian Athletic Club

Leicester Coritanian Athletic Club

Thursday 8th October 2015

Location: Saffron Lane Leisure Centre

Leicester Coritanian Athletics Club will be taking part in Joe's Mini HeartStart for Sports Training

http://www.leicestercoritanian.org.uk/

De Lisle Casuals Day

De Lisle Casuals Day

Friday 9th October 2015

Location: De Lisle College

De Lisle will be supporting SADS week and remembering Joe in a variety of ways. We are having a purple and green own clothes day on Friday, 9th October to raise funds for JHMT.

Charnwood Tennis Club stage Women’s Tennis Tournament in aid of JHMT on Friday 9 October led by Caroline Wilkinson

Charnwood Tennis Club stage Women’s Tennis Tournament in aid of JHMT on Friday 9 October led by Caroline Wilkinson

Friday 9th October 2015

Location: Charnwood Tennis Club

Charnwood Tennis Club stage Women's Tennis Tournament in aid of JHMT on Friday 9 October led by Caroline Wilkinson

Rutland Water Bike Ride

Rutland Water Bike Ride

Sunday 11th October 2015

Location: Rutland Water, Meet at Finchs Arms

Our Annual Rothley to Rutland Water Bike Ride as part of SADS week will start out from Rothley at 9.30 am.

Details as follows:

  • We start the bike ride from 10 Hornecroft, Rothley with light morning refreshments and then proceed on a rural route to the Finches Arms on the Rutland Water Peninsular. Lunch is either a picnic or refuel with a basket of chips at the pub.
  • There is a car park at the pub to meet up with families.
  • Return to Rothley via the same route and the option of a team drink at a pub of your choice (last year the Red Lion, Rothley).
  • Strictly for 16s and over and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

This is an informal event and the Trust takes no responsibility for health and safety. Those joining us are assumed to be aware of the Highway Code, experienced cyclists and will bring suitable tools to deal with any mechanical issues!

For further details please contact Simon Taylor on Telephone: 07733 124867.

Come along for the ride, all in aid of a great cause!