When Brewin Dolphin associate investment manager James (Jay) Osborne, 28, collapsed and died from sudden cardiac arrest in 2017 caused by an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition, his family and friends established the charity Jay’s AIM to raise awareness of the condition and to reduce the number of young people who die of sudden cardiac death in the South West of England.
James’ colleagues at wealth manager Brewin Dolphin’s Exeter, Plymouth and Truro offices raised over £11,000 for Jay’s AIM through various fundraising activities, with some of the funds going towards having a defibrillator (defib) machine installed at Exeter library recently. Defib machines work by sending a high energy electric current to restart the heart of someone who has gone into cardiac arrest.
Tim Walker, head of office, Brewin Dolphin (South West), said: “What Jay’s family have done in creating something so positive out of tragedy has been truly remarkable. We have been honoured to do what we can to support them. Jay was a much-loved member of our team and I am so pleased we have been able to help provide this defibrillator at Exeter library in his memory.”
Callum Elliott-Archer, centre manager at Exeter library, said: “Defibs save lives, and we’re really pleased to install one at Exeter library. It’s right by the front door, easily and quickly accessible if someone did collapse from a cardiac arrest, whether the library is open or not.”