The family of a Welling man who died from a heart condition on his 22nd birthday are working to save other people's lives.

Paul Wilkins, of Swanley Road, died on January 11 in Pizza Hut Bexleyheath Broadway, from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

On January 10 Mr Wilkin's mum, Pam Oates, along with family and friends, held a fund raising event to celebrate her beloved son's 29th birthday to buy a public-access defibrillator for Bexley.

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Paul Wilkins

Mrs Oates said: "We raised a grand total of £3,579.45 – enough for three ‘public-access’ defibrillators to be placed in the Welling and Bexley areas.

"In the regrettable event these machines are ever needed and used alongside regular CPR, they can increase the chance of someone’s survival from 9% to 50%, sadly a chance not available to my son six years ago."

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A defibrillator purchased by Mr Wilkikn's family

In the seven years since Mr Wilkins death his family have raised £22,567.45 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (C-R-Y) and £11,426.90 for Hearts & Goals, purchasing five additional defibrillators place across Bexley and Welling.