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Defibrillator delivery could help to save lives in Tring

A community defibrillator

A community defibrillator

Tring Athletic Football Club has been equipped with a life-saving new defibrillator, with the help of The Football Association and the British Heart Foundation.

More than 900 defibrillators have been made available to clubs at Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System and clubs in the Women’s Super League to help save the lives of cardiac arrest casualties.

Tring Athletic is the latest club to install a defibrillator, giving players, staff and fans access to the equipment needed to save lives in their community.

The club was also given information about hands-only CPR, which was made famous for the BHF by football legend Vinnie Jones.

Two-thirds of the cost of the defibrillator was provided to the club by The FA and BHF.

Tring Athletic chairman Mick Eldridge said: “This vital piece of equipment could prove to be the difference between life and death and it’s a welcome addition to this club and its community.

“The FA and BHF have made it possible for Tring Athletic to be part of the drive to improve the UK’s poor cardiac arrest survival rates.

“Along with CPR, a defibrillator is a vital link in the chain of survival and we’re lucky that we now have the skills and equipment at the club to save a life.”

The British Heart Foundation has already helped place 11,000 defibrillators in the community since 1996.

Since the charity launched hands-only CPR last year, more than 30 lives have been saved by the technique.

Clubs can find information about the application process by visiting www.bhf.or.uk/football

 

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