A MAN from Crowthorne will be taking part in a world record attempt for the largest gathering of cardiac survivors in one place.

Mark Jones was an active, fit and healthy 56-year-old when he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing golf at the Sand Martins club in Finchampstead in June 2016.

Two years after his near-death experience, Mark will be taking part in the world record attempt organised by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK in conjunction with The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and SADS UK on Saturday, June 9.

Mark said: "“I was on the golf course competing in the Sand Martins Annual Charity Pro-Am when I had my cardiac arrest. I had no warning signs and have no recollection of the actual event or time around it. I was very fortunate that a playing companion recognised that I was in arrest and was able to start CPR immediately whilst other colleagues were able to contact the Emergency Services.

"The Air Ambulance Doctor was able to ‘get me back’ 46 minutes after collapsing and, having placed me in an induced coma, I woke up three days later in Intensive Care at the Royal Berks Hospital in Reading. I had received stent implants and spent a further five days in hospital before being allowed home for recuperation.

“I'm incredibly lucky to still be around and although I'm active again, it has left its mark. I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, I’m constantly fatigued and have memory issues.

“Even with the fantastic support from my family and friends, adjusting to a new 'normal' has not been easy. What has really helped is meeting others who have been through the same thing. It is good to be able to share experiences as we all understand the impact a cardiac arrest can have."

As well as the record attempt, survivors will be given the chance to mingle with others affected by cardiac arrest, and a 'celebration of life' party will be held in the evening, featuring a live band and a hog roast.

Mark said: “The world record attempt in June is not only an opportunity to set a record and meet others but it will hopefully raise awareness and with an exhibition, seminar and party to celebrate life it will be a great day for all involved.”

To find out more about taking part, visit www.suddencardiacarrestuk.org. Registrations must be received by April 27.