Record is a celebration of life

A NEW Guinness World Record looks a safe bet after 127 cardiac arrest survivors gathered at Basildon Hospital.
Survivors, aged 11 to 80, and their families attended on Saturday (9 June), which was organised by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK in conjunction with The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and SADS UK.
Guinness World Record has to officially verify the attempt, which could take several weeks but organisers are confident it has been set. To create a new record, 50 survivors had to participate.
Paul Swindell, from Benfleet Essex, set up the Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK support group following his cardiac arrest in April 2014, at the age of 48. As a key organiser of the event, he was thrilled with the turn-out. He said: “People have travelled from across the UK to be here. Although we won’t know officially for a few weeks, I’m confident that we’ve done it.”
The event continued into the evening, with a ‘celebration of life’ party at Ye Olde Plough House, Bulphan.