LIFE-saving kit has been installed at a football club.
Fareham Town FC has been equipped with a defibrillator through a partnership between the Football Association and the British Heart Foundation.
By working together, the BHF and the FA have made more than 900 defibrillators available to clubs in the National League, as well as clubs in the Women’s Super League, to help prevent lives being needlessly lost following a cardiac arrest.
Secretary Paul Proctor said ‘This vital piece of equipment could prove to be the difference between life and death and it’s a welcome addition to the club and its community.
‘The FA and BHF have made it possible for us to become part of the nation of lifesavers which aims to improve the UK’s poor cardiac arrest survival rates.
‘Along with performing CPR, a defibrillator is a vital step that can help increase a person’s chance of survival and we’re lucky we now have the skills and equipment at the club to help save a life.’
The defibrillator at the club off Palmerston Drive will be accessible to players, staff and fans.
Two-thirds of the cost of the defibrillator was provided to the club by the FA and BHF, with long-term supporter Charles Gale, of Charles Gale Menswear in Fareham, meeting the other third.
Awareness around sudden cardiac arrests was heightened when former England U21 player Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012.
Muamba lent his support to the BHF’s nation of lifesavers campaign earlier this year which calls for all young people to be taught lifesaving CPR skills and defibrillator awareness at secondary schools.
More than 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year, but currently less than one in 10 people survive.
That is why The News launched its Heartbeat campaign, encouraging organisations to install defibrillators, which have the ability to ‘shock’ the heart back into action. The aim is to see the number of publicly-accessible devices doubled.