New defibrillator in Union Square

Sheila Townley thanks community for their support

Sheila Townley thanks community for their support - Credit: Archant

A family tragedy has led to the installation of a brand new defibrillator in the Union Square shopping centre in Torquay.  
The life-saving equipment is positioned close to the entrance of the multi-storey car park and will represent an important tribute to Carolyn Townley, who sadly died from Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS). 
Carolyn’s mum Sheila has thanked Torbay Council and the SADS UK organisation for their support in helping to bring some hope to a tragic situation. 
“The defibrillator has been installed in memory of my lovely daughter Carolyn, who died suddenly 19 months ago,” said Sheila. 
“We have been totally overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of Carolyn’s many friends, young and old, from all over the country. 
“A big thank-you to everyone for your support, we have only been able to do this with your help. 
“Carolyn was well known in Torquay, she helped us run the Devon Arms for many years and then moved to the Hole in the Wall pub when we retired. 
“We all miss her so much. 
“We would also like to thank SADS and Torbay Council for the installation. We really hope this can help save lives in the future.” 
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) are genetic heart conditions that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy, people. These conditions can be treated and deaths can be prevented. 
Among the warning signs for SADS is a family history of unexpected, unexplained sudden death under the age of 40; fainting or seizure during exercise, excitement or startle; consistent or unusual chest pain and/or shortness of breath during exercise. 
The cardiac charity SADS UK aims to save lives, providing information, funding research and medical equipment to prevent premature sudden cardiac death.
Working in the areas of Research, Prevention and Emergency Care, lives have been saved as a direct result of the work of SADS UK. SADS UK holds the Annual National Lifesaver Awards to honour people who have saved lives in the community using CPR and the defibrillator. 
To find out more about their vital work, please visit