Each year the Skipton Swimarathon raises money for good causes, here in Guernsey.
The Skipton Swimarathon Committee has selected Cardiac Action Group (CAG) to be the main beneficiary of the 2019 event. CAG was set up to raise awareness of heart disease in Guernsey. The money raised from the Swimarathon will assist CAG with their Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) project, enabling them to provide free PAD site awareness and CPR & Automated External Defibrillators (AED) training for another year.
Providing twenty-four-hour PAD sites that house AED has been significantly associated with better survival rates. A part-time Community Resuscitation Development Officer (CRDO) publicises the locations of the PAD sites on the Island and offers free PAD site awareness and CPR & AED training.
The aim of this project is to make PAD sites accessible and teach the knowledge, skills and confidence to the community to use this equipment, thus potentially savings lives and the quality of life for those who suffer a cardiac arrest.
Previous beneficiaries of the Swimarathon include: Autism Guernsey, Channel Island Air Search, Saumarez Park Playground, Cardiac Action Group, Young People Guernsey, Extreme Sport Park, Ron Short Centre, Jessant House, Guernsey Society for cancer relief - Bulstrode House, a number of Youth Clubs, Maison St. Pierre, Grow Limited, W.R.V.S, equipment for handicapped swimmers, St. John’s Ambulance and Rescue, The Guernsey Cheshire Home and last year, Le Murier School’s Village Project.