The Henry Angell James Memorial Trust (HAJMT) was launched to create a legacy in honour of Henry Angell-James, who tragically passed away aged 54 in October 2017 after suffering a cardiac arrest on his regular train journey home from Birmingham to Shrewsbury.  The aim of the charity is to purchase as many Automatic External Defribrillators  (AED’s) as possible and donate them to worthy applicants, within the West Midlands.

Henry’s wife, Sally felt she wanted to put something back into the community that had been such an important part of her husband’s life.  He had always believed that the simplest ideas were the best and hence an idea was formed to set up a Charity with a clear and straightforward aim.

“Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer and sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even those who are seeming healthy,” she said.

“Whenever cardiac arrest strikes, there is absolutely no time to lose.  Therefore we have set up the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust to help fund and provide as many AED’s in communities that really need them starting in the West Midlands.   Who knows where this idea will take us.”

HAJMT is working in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service who will provide free training and advice on the best place in the community for the AED to be installed.

The aim is to get AEDs installed in town centres, villages and rural communities; be that village halls, train stations, the village post office or shop, a defunct telephone box or wherever they may be required.

 Cliff Medlicott, Community Response Manager for WMAS, said: “The importance of the work that HAJMT is undertaking cannot be underestimated, it will undoubtedly help to save lives.

“The chance of a person surviving a cardiac arrest falls by 10 per cent for every minute that passes without an AED being used.

“Survival rates can be as high as 75 per cent when patients are treated with the right care and a defibrillator in time. Therefore, I would urge anyone who thinks they could house a defibrillator, or if you wish to make a donation, to make contact with the Trust.”

Application criteria will include identification of a key person(s) who will be trained by WMAS in the use of the AED and making a commitment to keep the AED properly maintained and in working order; ensuring it will only be used in appropriate circumstances and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Sally continued: “Applications will be considered on their own merits. Unfortunately we only have limited funds therefore not every request will be successful. The great thing about raising money for an AED is that it is an achievable goal and by having one, a life could be saved.

If you would like to find out more details about HAJMT, make a donation or apply for a defibrillator, you can do so by visiting or email [email protected]