SUFFOLK football clubs can become a county of lifesavers – thanks to a new app.
The free RevivR app has been produced by the British Heart Foundation and teaches CPR using just your phone and a cushion or pillow.
Karl Coppack, who is BHF Fundraising Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “RevivR even gives you feedback about compressions and rhythm so clubs will know exactly what to do when confronted with a sudden cardiac arrest.
“We appreciate that The FA rolls out fantastic courses, but the idea is that every player in Suffolk can download the app using a QR code and learn the lifesaving skill. Ideally, we’d like Suffolk to be a county of lifesavers.”
Karl delivered training to the players and staff of Borussia Martlesham, who lost a player to myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle. One person dies suddenly each week in the UK due to undiagnosed myocarditis.
The family of Joe Langfield, who was just 27, were left devastated after he collapsed and died in June last year.
Joe, who loved his sport, played senior football for Woodbridge Town, Debenham LC and Crane Sports, as well as for Borussia Martlesham in the Ipswich Sunday Football League side.
His sister Victoria said: “Joe’s family, girlfriend, and all those who loved him actively endorse the app, as well as his team-mates at Borussia Martlesham who have already completed the training.
“Joe was young, athletic and healthy, it’s still so difficult to comprehend we lost him in this way. He was cheeky with such a zest for life.
“We think making a positive change within a sporting community he loved so much would be such a fitting way to honour our Joey. His loss has left such a darkness in so many lives, and he is missed more than he could have ever imagined.
“The more people who are confident in giving CPR, the less likely another family will have to endure such a painful reality. We encourage all those involved in football in Suffolk to download and use the app, learn lifesaving skills and keep refreshing your knowledge.
“This can happen to anyone, anywhere. Losing Joe in these circumstances has taught us in the most brutal way, there is simply never as much time as you think.”
The app can be downloaded using the QR code below.
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