Our James died on 10th September 2015.
He was 18 years old.
James Hursey was a beloved son, brother, nephew and cousin. He was a boyfriend, a colleague, a neighbour a friend. He was a gentle giant at 6'4 with a wicked sense of humour and an all encompassing hug. His loss was a devastating blow to his family, friends and his community.
We thought that we were the only family to have ever been struck by such a tragedy. Such an unexpected and inexplicable death must surely be unheard of. When we lifted our heads above the parapet we were horrified to discover that far from being alone, 12-15 fit and healthy young people die, without warning, every week in the UK alone.
The only thing that can save someone after a sudden cardiac arrest is CPR and defibrillation. We realised that we wanted to see a greater number of defibrillators in public places, to fight the odds of survival, not just for young people but for the 80,000 people who will have a cardiac arrest in a public place each year.
The DiPPs Team
Arline Hursey (with katie)
We, the founders and trustees of DiPPs want to assure you that we do not take a penny from DiPPs in wages. We keep all expenses pertaining to our charity to a minimum, we have not paid for web designers or professional fund raisers and duck houses have we none! We work for DiPPs from our sofas, desks and kitchen tables between our day jobs and being parents.