Ben Nevis hike Annie

Volunteers hike Ben Nevis to show first aid can be done anywhere

8 May 2014

Nine of our amazing volunteers from Castle Bromwich summited the highest point in the British Isles on 3 May, to bring more Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) into their community.

The 1,344 meter hike up Ben Nevis was a part of a fundraising challenge to raise £5,000.

The challenge was met with spirit – and a familiar friend called Annie. Annie is the name of the practice dolls used in all our first aid training to show people how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Six of the nine kg dolls hitched a ride up the mountain, strapped to the backs of volunteers. Once at the top, each hiker took a turn performing a demanding, four minute round of CPR – to show that first aid can be done anywhere when needed.

Putting AEDs in the community

Last autumn, volunteers from our Bucklands End unit put their heads together to think of a way they could get more AEDs into the community.

As many as one in three people who have cardiac arrest will die before they reach hospital, and chances of survival falls by up to 10 per cent for each minute that passes without the use of an AED.*

Craig Thompson, hiker, said: ‘We needed an idea that used our first aid skills, was a little different and a real challenge physically. We’ve been amazed by the support we’ve had, especially from local businesses.’

The troopers have smashed their goal to reach over £6,000 to buy AEDs that will be stored at local fire stations and used by the volunteers themselves while on duty at public events.

*British Heart Foundation statistics