Aidan Jackson Raises Funds for the 23rd Community Defibrillator

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A DEDICATED Widnes teenager has donated 23 defibrillators to his community, raising nearly £40,000 – but he’s not stopping there.

Aidan Jackson has been fundraising for defibrillators for the Halton community since August 2018.

And now he hopes to reach a total of 25 despite his own health problems, including AHD, asparagus and epilepsy.

Aidan’s recent fundraising event for his 23rd defibrillator took place over the Christmas holidays and after a request for support one will now be given away in Time Square in Warrington town centre.

The event took place on December 18 and proved extremely popular with the community, with guests treated to hot dogs, mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine.

The 19-year-old held a raffle and raffle, with prizes donated by the community, and the younger guests received books and selection boxes which Aidan bought with his own money.

Guests were entertained by Warrington BSL Choir, Lucy Webster, Samba Mundo, D’ukes of Halton, an Xbox van from Game Stream and many more.

Aidan also organized two Christmas trees, donated by Halebank Farm Shop and Bold Heath Garden Centre, where people could hang their wishes and messages to loved ones who are no longer with us.

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The event raised an impressive £813, with additional donations from HomeSmart Lettings Ltd, CWU Greater Mersey Branch and Kilwaughter Minerals.

Along with a £250 donation from the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, this meant Aidan had enough funds to order community defibrillator number 23.

Despite an initial fundraising plan for just one in the area, Aidan’s tally now stands at:

  • 23 community defibrillators
  • Three portable defibrillators
  • A cabinet to allow Parklands to have their on-site defibrillator accessible to the community.

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It all cost around £40,000 and Aidan is hugely grateful to the community for their continued support.

Aidan said: “A huge thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support my fundraising journey.

“Without your support, none of this would have been possible.

“Community defibrillators are consulted regularly following calls to emergency services.

“This could mean the defibrillator is on standby in case it is needed, but we have also had several of the defibrillators used in emergency situations and although we are not told the result due to confidentiality, it is so gratifying to know that we as a community made sure the equipment was on hand to help save a life.

Unfortunately, Aidan suffered two seizures over the Christmas period, which led to an A&E admission.

After tests and treatment, he was allowed to return home and has now taken some time to recover.

He hopes to be back at work in the next few weeks.

Two members of the public, Nathan Brady and Nicola Brady, have now decided to raise funds to help buy an Apple Watch with epilepsy alerts for Aidan.

This means that any further crisis will be detected and alerts will be sent to his emergency contacts and emergency services if necessary.

To donate an Apple Watch for Aidan, go here.

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