Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My inquiry today re: my two quid donation to a JustGiving crowdfunding campaign to purchase anti-choking devices for UK schools

Recently I donated £2 to a crowdfunding solicitation by the Hull Wyke Round Table (HWRT), a UK organization in East Yorkshire.

According to its website, the HWRT "is all about having fun with a group of friends while at the same time trying to help the local community."

According to a February 10, 2017 article in the Hull Daily Mail, HWRT representative Edd Wheldon spearheaded the campaign which eventually "raised £2,218 to install (the LifeVac anti-choking device) into as many schools in the Hull & East Riding area as possible."

In the course of researching my father's unusual career, as a side interest I've done some casual research re: various anti-choking devices that have been marketed in recent decades and I've reported about a few, for example, the Heimlich Helper, the Dechoker, and the LifeVac.

Via the HWRT's solicitation to donors:

For a Sidebar item I was reporting, I e-mailed Mr. Wheldon and asked him for a list of the 100 schools and for details about the three reported lives saved by the LifeVac. For example, the dates of the rescues, the locations, the names of the rescuers and the choking victims, etc.

I didn't receive a reply, so today I asked JustGiving, the London-based crowdfunding platform which hosted the fundraiser, to jump in. Click here to download a copy.

I'll report the results in a future item.