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Welcome Back Barry!..

Defib & Venue 360 staff to the rescue


When Barry came in to play squash on the morning of Wednesday 8th March, he certainly didn’t expect what was about to happen to him. That morning, Barry collapsed just off court and had to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) to keep him alive.


Barry’s heart went into cardiac arrest, meaning without the first aid of our staff, the defib machine (AED) and the quick response time of the paramedics, he would not still be with us.

Barry returns to lifelines gym

Fast forward to Monday 24th April and after a Coronary Artery Bypass Graph operation and 3 weeks in hospital, we are delighted to see Barry is back in the gym and (under his doctors approval), undergoing light training again. Before his cardiac arrest, Barry was a regular gym user, squash player and studio cycling attendee.


We believe that having a defib machine on site is essential for the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff. In the whole scheme of things, it’s a relatively small investment that can make a significant difference in an emergency situation, and ultimately, it can and does save lives.


Our success story really is proof of the need to have one and it is the second time now that Venue 360 have been able to save someone’s life through the use of one.


Very happily for me, my very fortunate outcome was down to 2 reasons, the foresight of Venue 360 in provisioning a defibrillator and the outstanding reaction of the staff members involved in delivering calm, professional first aid that literally saved my life! Words may not cover the appreciation I feel for their actions. - Barry

If you are part of a local sports club or organisation, we hugely encourage you to make sure that you have one too. Having a defib machine on site can significantly improve the chances of survival for someone who experiences a cardiac arrest. Studies have shown that for every minute that passes without defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease by 10%.


Did you know?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator  significantly improves survival

  • Up to 60,000 people die each year in the UK from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)

  • Fewer than 1 person in 10 survives if SCA occurs out of hospital

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator significantly improves survival

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