£950raised of £10,000 target by 31 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to Raise funds for Public access defibrillators, boxes, support packages & training equipment for the Isle of Islay.

Bowmore, Isle of Islay
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I am undertaking a continuous circumnavigation of the Isle of Islay by sea kayak, leaving and finishing at Bowmore which is around 135km and is expected to take in the region of 25 - 30 hours.

The aim is to provide more public access to defibrillators on Islay along with support packages for replacement batteries, shock pads, housing units and training equipment including manikins.

These additional units will be mapped by the Scottish Ambulance Service and in the event of someone calling for help, they will be directed to the nearest unit.

In a cardiac arrest situation, if CPR is started early and a defibrillator is on scene within the first 5 minutes the chance of survival can increase from 6% to 74%. Due to the geography of Islay, it is important that we obtain more units for the Island and to give everyone the best chance of survival from a cardiac arrest, as this condition does not discriminate against one group and none of us are immune.

Due to poor weather the dates selected so far have had to be postponed until we have a better weather window. I will update this as soon as another date has been confirmed. Due to work commitments it is making it difficult now to find a window, I have taken annual leave in September hoping it can take place, fingers crossed that we have good weather.

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  • Joe Hughes13 hours ago
    Joe Hughes

    Joe Hughes

    13 hours ago

    The weather has not settled and as yet I am still unable to take on the challenge, I have more annual leave booked for October, this will be the last realistic chance of completing it this year. I will consider undertaking the challenge if there is a settled period and a support boat to cover the more hazardous locations giving the amount of paddling that will be taking place during the hours of darkness. Thanks again to all who has supported this cause so far. Joe

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  • Joe Hughesa month ago
    Joe Hughes

    Joe Hughes

    a month ago

    The total so far is £1590.00 raised towards this challenge, at present the weather has been so unsettled that it's not been possible to take the challenge on, I have taken annual leave in September and hoping that a window will appear to take on the challenge. Thanks again to all of you who are supporting this challenge

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  • Joe Hughes2 months ago
    Joe Hughes

    Joe Hughes

    2 months ago

    As you will already know I have had to postpone the challenge due to poor weather, I am hoping that we can still get a weather window to take on the challenge, Sunday 6th August 2017 is looking like it might be ok. I will keep you posted, the total raised so far is in the region of £1200:00, thank you to one and all who have supported this. I will update the page once I have a accurate figure.

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3 months ago

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  • Anonymous


    Aug 18, 2017

    Hope you reach your target Joe. Its a worthy cause. Good luck xx Sandra xx


  • Victoria Bain

    Victoria Bain

    Aug 4, 2017

    Good luck Joe.


  • Lynn


    Aug 3, 2017

    Good luck Joe and stay safe! :-)


  • Susan Brooks

    Susan Brooks

    Aug 2, 2017

    Great cause ❤️


  • Shirley


    Aug 2, 2017

    Good luck joe!


  • Spirited Soaps

    Spirited Soaps

    Aug 1, 2017

    Good luck Joe! Hope you get the weather soon.


  • Lorraine Ferguson & Shaun Conlay

    Lorraine Ferguson & Shaun Conlay

    Jul 10, 2017

    Good luck!


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Joe Hughes

Joe Hughes

Bowmore, Isle of Islay

I am a Paramedic working on the Isle of Islay and have been working on a front line ambulance for over 20 years at various locations in Scotland including urban to rural. I am also a Heartstart trainer for the British Heart Foundation, delivering training to the public.

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