Barnes Rose take on coast to coast challenge for new portable defibrillator

Laura and Harrison Barnes of Barnes Rose Personal Training
Laura and Harrison Barnes of Barnes Rose Personal Training Image: Laura Barnes

The team at Barnes Rose Training are taking on their latest challenge at the beginning of June in order to raise money for a new portable defibrillator outside their premises in Stagsden as well as two charities close to their clients’ hearts.

The Devon Coast to Coast 99-mile challenge was completed by Sally, a client of Barnes Rose in May 2022, but a year later, she suffered a cardiac arrest and has now been working with Harrison at Barnes Rose on her cardiac rehabilitation training.

You can donate to their challenge here.

Using a variety of gym equipment from rowing machines to exercise bikes to the SkiErg, Sally and the Barnes Rose team will now look to emulate the feat by travelling the 157km from inside their own HQ.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest and the team are now looking to raise £3,000 to acquire one with its lockable external cabinet from the British Heart Foundation.

Any money raised over the £3,000 will be donated to two charities, Look UK who support young people who are visually impaired and The CVI Society, a charity who support people with Cerebral Visual Impairment.

Increased access

As of 1st March 2024, there were 86,337 defibrillators in the UK – with over 20,000 of those in schools – while there has been a concerted effort by community groups, sports clubs and large venues to increase access to public defibrillators in the event of a cardiac arrest.

The survival rate for someone suffering a cardiac arrest decreases by 10% every minute and using a defibrillator whilst waiting for emergency services could well save a life.

Sally, a former trainer for St John’s Ambulance Service, is certainly someone who values the importance of a defibrillator nearby.

“Upon returning to Harrison, and the new gym in Stagsden, one of my first questions was, “Do you have a defibrillator, and do you all know how to use it?!”

Now, with the Bedford public’s support, one more can be installed outside Barnes Rose Training, a facility that can also be used by the surrounding businesses around Kinsbourne Farm.

You can also contribute to the 157km trek. If you wish to be involved in the fundraising effort, you can contact Harrison Barnes here.

If you wish to donate to the fundraiser, you can do so by clicking here.

Transparency: Tom Carr is the brother of Laura Barnes,
co-Director of Barnes Rose Training