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Skydive in memory of "amazing dad"
8:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
A YOUNG veterinary nurse from Ledbury is preparing for a skydive in memory of her father who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest earlier this year.
Katie Blandford lost father Stan in May after the 55- year-old father-of-four collapsed on the family farm in Dymock.
She says the family was understandably devastated by his sudden death and is still coming to terms with it.
But next weekend Katie, who is 21 and works at Leadon Vale Veterinary Centre on Ledbury’s Lower Road Trading Estate, will take to the sky in a bid to raise funds for a lifesaving defibrillator.
“It’s a cliché to say your parents are the best in the world, but he really was such an amazing dad,” said Miss Blandford.
“He was such a kind person and he really never had a bad word to say about anyone.
“He was just so positive and I think that is what has inspired us to turn what happened to him into something good.
“Dad was still a very active person, he had to be working on the farm. He was a massive sports fan and played a lot. The night before he collapsed he had been himself and joking around as usual.
It was just a total shock.”
She has since signed up to the Arrhythmia Alliance’s Hearts and Goals campaign to raise funds for an AED (automated external defibrillator) for the community in Stan’s memory.
AEDs don’t require training and can be used by anyone to shock a person’s heart back into a normal rhythm if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest.
They increase the chance of someone surviving from five per cent to 50 per cent.
Hearts and Goals counts former footballer Fabrice Muamba as its ambassador.
The midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton Wanderers in an FA Cup match at Tottenham in March 2012.
He survived but later retired from football.
For more information visit heartsandgoals.org
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