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Recruitment Firm Donate in Memory of Director’s Father

Recruitment Firm Donate in Memory of Director’s Father

ISCA Recruitment, an independent recruitment consultancy based in Devon, made a company donation following one of the team’s sudden and unexpected loss of her father.

Jo Blythe recently lost her father suddenly following a heart attack. Jo said:

“My Dad was an active 71 year old. He woke my Mum in the early hours of the morning and said he was struggling to breathe and had some discomfort in his stomach. Whilst waiting for an ambulance, he stopped breathing and my Mum performed CPR for 25 minutes until the paramedics arrived and took over. Despite the heroic efforts of my Mum, there was little the paramedics could do. Dad was gone, he had suffered a catastrophic heart attack which was caused by advanced heart disease.”

“My parents had been due to go on holiday the next day – an early celebration of their 50th anniversary which is this August, the rest of the family including myself were due to join them for the Easter holidays. Instead a holiday filled with laughter and good times, we planned and held Dad’s funeral. “

The small team of three today presented a very generous donation to the nations heart charity to fund life saving research and prevent further premature death from heart and circulatory disease.

The cheque was presented to Joy Petley, Fundraising Manager for Devon and Cornwall, based nearby, who went along to thank the ISCA Recruitment team for their support and meet Jo and listen to her heartbreaking experience.

Katie (surname), ISCA Recruitment manager, said:

“We usually gift to our clients at this time of year, usually an Easter treat, however, in light of the sudden passing of Jo’s Dad we decided to support the BHF instead. I am sure our clients understand and by way of not gifting treats we are helping to keep their hearts healthy also!”

Joy Petley, Fundraising Manager for Devon, said:

“It is always so sad to meet someone who has lost someone so close to them, and even more heartbreaking when the loss is so sudden and people don’t get the chance to say goodbye.”

Jo and her family raised funds for the British Heart Foundation at her father’s funeral on 3rd April.

Jo Blythe said:

“We were not aware that heart disease can be a silent killer and hope that by sharing our story and supporting the work of the British Heart Foundation, it might help to save another family from experiencing the loss of a loved one.”

There are currently 135 research projects taking place in the South West to help fight disease. Over 270 people die from Cardiovascular disease in Exeter alone each year. The British Heart Foundation has distributed 586 CPR Kits and helped fund nearly 2000 defibrillators across the South West to help save lives.

For more information on how your business can get involved with the BHF, visit

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