Colchester First Responder takes on Kilimanjaro


Cardiac Science has donated £2000 to a Community First Responder (CFR), and champion of defibrillators, as he embarks on the trek of a lifetime for a leading children’s charity.

The company is sponsoring Martin Ford, a volunteer CFR with the East of England Ambulance service crew in Colchester, who is climbing Kilimanjaro between 11th -20th October in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

As a CFR, Martin is trained by the ambulance service to respond to local emergency calls and provide lifesaving first aid in those vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

Over the years he has become a major supporter of the deployment of defibrillators in communities and businesses across the South East of England.

David Jones from Cardiac Science said of Martin: “You can never have too many defibrillators around for Martin. He is a true advocate for the industry with his own experience and training now as a CFR. He sees what a life-saving difference a defib can make.”

Martin is making the ascent with an experienced trekking organisation called Action Challenge who have taken over 4000 people on the ultimate adventure up Kilimanjaro.

In April this year, Martin got some climbing experience under his belt with a 4167 m climb up the highest peak in the Atlas mountains – the Toubkal mountain in Morocco – which he did with his wife Helen and eight-year-old son Sam – only the 4th person under 11 to do the climb.

As well as the donation, Cardiac Science will be sending him off with balloons, pens, pencils and lollies to give out to local children and providing a flag for planting at the top of the mountain when he gets there.

He is also taking a tracking device with him so people can follow his journey and he can post updated messages on social media.

David Jones again: “We wish Martin and the whole Action Challenge team well on their climb and look forward to watching his progress and seeing him at the top, his fund-raising target reached and a lifetime ambition achieved.”

Martin commented: “I am absolutely delighted with the donation from Cardiac Science which has taken my fundraising total to over £4000 – just need a bit more to get to my target £5000.”

Martin is hoping to set a Guinness World Record at the top of the mountain by performing the ‘highest CPR session’.

Anyone wanting to donate should go to Martin’s Justgiving page.