Vanessa Simpson

In memory of David Simpson

Fundraising for Craigs Heartstrong Foundation
raised of £2,000 target
In memory of David Simpson


This is the JustGiving page, set up in memory of David Simpson. 

An initiative ran by Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation is providing lifesaving defibrillators in a range of places across the Island. This particular initiative is the reason we feel particularly strongly about this charity and why it really is so close to our hearts.  On May 23rd this year we lost our Dad, who was just 60 years old, to a heart attack. This happened when he was at work and despite being given CPR, unfortunately his colleagues did not have access to a defibrillator before
the ambulance arrived. We can’t say for certain if the outcome would have been different if there had been a defibrillator available. However, according to the British Heart Foundation a defibrillator is its most effective when administered within the first minute of a victim collapsing and if a defibrillator is used within the first 3 to 5 minutes, the likelihood of survival increases from 6% to 74%. It is estimated that 40,000 lives a year are saved due to a defibrillator in the UK.

Having a defibrillator nearby can really be the difference between life and death. We are currently experiencing the overwhelming pain of losing a loved one unexpectedly (and too soon) and hate the idea of anyone else having to go through this. Therefore, we are passionate about supporting CHF in our Dad’s memory to ensure that more defibrillators are made available around the Island, particularly as they don’t get government funding so rely solely on any donations in order to keep going.


Vanessa and family 

About the charity

CHF is an established Manx charity set up in memory of Craig Lunt. His death was due to a previously undiagnosed heart defect. The purpose is to raise the necessary funding to enable the heart screening of men and women between the ages of 14 and 35 here in the Isle of Man.

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