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Charity information


The SADS UK Big Shock Campaign makes defibrillators available in schools. If a person suffers sudden cardiac arrest, early defibrillation is essential. Anyone can use a defibrillator to save life.

Founded 2000

  • Mission statement

    To save lives and support individuals and families who are predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities (cardiac arrhythmia).

    Overview of the charity

    SADS UK is a cardiac charity working to prevent Sudden Arrhythmic Death due to abnormalities of the conduction system of the heart, which may affect a person at any age, even children. Conditions covered are those such as the Long QT Syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, Brugada Syndrome, Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia and Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.

    SADS UK was one of the groups involved in bringing about the new Department of Health National Service Framework (NSF) chapter 8 Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death.

    The charity has four main objectives:-

    1. To provide support to families who have suffered a sudden and unexpected cardiac death within their family and to individuals and families who are living with abnormalities of the conduction system of the heart.

    2. To raise awareness and educate the general public and healthcare professionals regarding cardiac conditions affecting the conduction system of the heart, in order that those at risk of Sudden Arrhythmic Death (SAD) may be referred for specialist cardiac treatment.

    3. To keep up to date with medical technology and new research advances, providing equipment to organisations and health care professionals to assist with the prevention of Sudden Arrhythmic Death and supporting research.

    4. To guide government legislation and policy to safeguard people who may be at risk from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome if not treated.

    To assist with their objectives SADS UK works with other organisations.

  • Aims

    SADS UK aims to:

    • To save life by the provision of defibrillators in schools. Already lives are being saved and its important that this lifesaving equipment is readily available. Early defibrillation is essential.
  • Overview

    Established: March 2000

    Registered Charity Number: 1113681

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 2

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 01277230642

    Address: SADS UK Suite 6 Churchill House Horndon Pk, West Horndon, Essex CM13 3XD

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