LEIGH MANLEYS STORY
I originally started working with Welsh Hearts in the summer of 2015. I’d lost my dad to a sudden cardiac arrest and I was eager to do something positive in his memory. I engaged with the fundraising team at Welsh Hearts and, along with some enthusiastic colleagues championing Admiral’s Ministry of Health, we managed to coordinate a week of fundraising events, raising a few hundred pounds for the charity. At the time the funds were donated, Sharon Owen (Director at Welsh Hearts), got in contact to express her gratitude for the donations and to explain that Henry’s wife, Diane, had also made a contribution to the charity and she would like to offer Admiral a defibrillator to be installed at one of our sites in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport.
It was during the discussions to try to progress the donation of the defibrillators and create the business case to persuade internal decision-makers at Admiral that we should invest in the equipment across our other UK sites, that I had to take some unexpected absence from work due to poor health. The biggest irony was that several investigations led to the diagnosis of an inherited life-threatening heart condition that required surgery to fit an implantable defibrillator in my chest! This experience resurrected my commitment to do all I could to persuade the business this was a step worth taking in the interests of staff wellbeing. If this could happen to me, an ostensibly fit 39 year old who had run marathons and participated in white collar boxing as recently as 15 months ago, it could happen to anyone!
I’m so proud Admiral has decided to install the defibrillator units across its UK sites. We all hope we never need to use them, but it is reassuring to know they will be located in our business should an employee ever suffer a cardiac arrest during the working day. The chances of survival shift dramatically in favour of the patient the quicker a defibrillator is used to shock the heart. Every minute counts! There’s no better way to demonstrate you care for your employees than taking a step that could potentially save someone’s life. This is another example of Admiral leading from the front with staff wellbeing, and my hope is that it will encourage other large businesses in Wales and across the UK to do the same!
With your donations this Christmas we can help more people like Leigh and place more defibrillators into communities in Wales.