Wed 02 Jun 2021 14:13

Eccles RFC are proud to be one of the first of 15 clubs in the country to successfully secure a life-saving defibrillator AED, a device that can help restore a normal heartbeat in the event of a cardiac emergency.

The defibrillator is installed in a bright yellow keypad locked cabinet, positioned by the ambulance access gate between our grass and astro pitches. Now we have the device, we need volunteers to learn how to use it. 

The Community Heartbeat Trust are providing 100 free places on a training course for our club members and wider community on MONDAY 19th JULY at 7pm for 1.5 hrs. If you would like to take part in this online zoom session please register your interest on the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuf--hpz8qEtEJ4AxSvVAjjC8K2-KagHVF

The provision of the defibrillator was made possible by the Richmond Heavies Foundation, which was formed in 2018 following the sudden deaths of three much-loved players, by a group of former captains of the Richmond Heavies – the vets team of the south-west London club, one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world. The Foundation aims to place defibrillators into every community rugby club in England, by taking on punishing challenges to raise funds for the project. You can read more about their work here https://richheaviesfdn.org/defibrillator-fund/

The equipment was delivered and set up by the Community Heartbeat Trust and additional funding support towards its installation and continuing maintenance received from the Rotary Worsley. 

The club is grateful to these big-hearted organisations for thier support and now looks to the support of its players, members and volunteers to step forward for the life-saving training so we're confident and ready to act should a future emergency occur, on or off our pitches. Your familiarity with the equipment could save vital minutes which could make all the difference to someone's life. 

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