Tragic Death of Partington Great-Grandma results in AED donation


Following the untimely death of Partington great-grandma Margaret Pickering earlier this year, Cardiac Science has donated two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in a bid to ensure that the same tragedy never happens again in the Trafford town.

Margaret Pickering, aged 73, collapsed and died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while with friends at Partington Working Men’s Club. Her family believe she could have been saved had vandals not destroyed the potentially lifesaving AED equipment that had been located just two minutes away at Partington Shopping Centre. So they launched a fundraising campaign to raise the funds needed to replace the AED and cabinet. Fundraising included bingo and family fun days at the Club.

In the meantime, Cardiac Science, driven by employee Andrea Airey, who has close ties with Margaret’s family and used to live in the area, donated two Powerheart® AEDs to the Trafford town.

Andrea said: “We were so very sad to hear about Margaret’s death and the circumstances surrounding it. Needless to say, we were keen to do anything we could to help prevent similar tragedies in the future. As a friend of Margaret’s granddaughter Stephanie, I am delighted that we were able to support them in this way.”

At the time of Margaret’s tragic death, Paramedic David Blowers who spent months fighting to have the defibrillator installed, warned the damage could put lives at risk. Despite being unable to comment specifically on Margaret’s case, David said, “evidence suggests that in an ‘out of hospital’ cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by around 10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation. Had the equipment been in situ, Margaret could have been received potentially lifesaving AED treatment within five minutes.”

Dave Whalley, sales manager at GreenUrban, said, “I was contacted by NWAS (North West Ambulance Service) about this incident, as the EcoPad cabinets are known to be so robust. We know this new cabinet will deter the vandals and therefore keep the people of Partington in a heart safe environment.”

Margaret’s granddaughter Fay Wilson said, “My nana would have definitely had a better chance of surviving had the AED been there. Nan’s death is made all the more sad because the equipment had been there but someone had vandalised it. So despite the installation of these AEDs being too late for my nana, this very kind donation by Cardiac Science and GreenUrban will hopefully mean that if anyone else suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest in the town, their chances of survival will be greatly improved.”

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L-R Lisa Stanway North West Ambulance Service, Andrea Airey – Cardiac Science International Marketing Co-ordinator, Dave Whalley – Green Urban (makers of the cabinet). Photography by: Mark Waugh.