Anniversary swim for grateful cardiac patient
19 July 2012

A grateful Tameside Hospital cardiac patient is hoping to buy a defibrillator machine for the unit which helped save her life.

Twenty-four-year-old Denise Chenery, from Stalybridge, has organised a sponsored swim event on the anniversary of the day she had her cardiac arrest last year.

The event aims to raise more than £6,000 to buy a defibrillator for Tameside Hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unit.

The young life guard from Stalybridge suffered a sudden cardiac arrest last August whilst at The Copley Centre where she works.

Denise spent the following three days in intensive care at Tameside Hospital, before being transferred to Wythenshawe Hospital’s coronary care unit.

Now Denise will be joining friends to swim the distance she travelled following her cardiac arrest – 18.9 miles.

She said: “I want to raise enough money to buy a defibrillator as it was this piece of equipment that helped save my life last year.  The distance between the Copley centre, Tameside Hospital and Wythenshawe is 18.9 miles so, between us, we are going to swim this distance.”

A year to the date of her arrest she will kick off the relay race which is expected to last 12 hours. Colleagues and local swimmers who are also fundraising will complete1210 lengths between them

Chris Greenhough, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Hospital Matron for Critical Care, said: “It is lovely when people do something like this for the unit. We already have two defibrillators on the intensive care unit, but we would be very grateful for an additional one.

“It’s also a really good way to raise awareness of cardiac conditions and make people aware of the symptoms. Denise was very fortunate to have a defibrillator on hand where she was at the leisure centre which meant she was treated immediately.

“We are really pleased that she is supporting Tameside Hospital and it’s so good to see her recovering well.”

Anyone wanting to support Denise in her efforts can visit her Just Giving page www.justgiving/denisesdefibs.com