Thanks to a donation from Solicitors Own Software (SOS) and AED Locator, the first Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) has been installed in the city of Bath at the Recreation Ground for the use of the Rugby club, supporters, surrounding community and nearby residents. SOS donated the life-saving equipment in memory of Stephen Parry, a company director who died of a heart attack at just 52 years of age.

An AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) is a small electronic device that re-starts the heart after analysing its rhythm by delivering a shock. It is safe and easy to use, even providing the user with voice prompt instructions to follow. Together with CPR, defibrillation is the only way to re-establish the heart’s natural rhythm following a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

David McNamara, Managing Director of SOS, explains why his company wanted to supply the first Public Access Defibrillator in Bath: “Providing the AED at Bath Rugby Club is part of our company’s tribute to the life of one of our directors, Stephen Parry. Stephen loved Bath and lived near to the ground, so, as one of the city’s busiest sporting venues, The Rec seemed an ideal location for the cabinet. He would be delighted that this device, designed for laypeople to use, is immediately on hand to help anyone nearby suffering a cardiac arrest.”

• AED Locator provides a free service that allows you to locate Public Access Defibrillators in your area. To find out where your nearest AED is please visit www.aedlocator.org