Foot­ballers get kit for life

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

YOUNG foot­ballers could be­come lit­tle life savers after help­ing pur­chase a de­vice de­signed to treat heart at­tacks.

Young­sters, staff and par­ents from Mac­cles­field Ju­nior Foot­ball Club held a se­ries of fundrais­ing events to drum up money to pur­chase an Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor (AED), which au­to­mat­i­cally di­ag­noses car­diac ar­rests and can restart the heart with elec­tric­ity.

The club pur­chased the AED at a dis­counted rate from Bolling­ton and Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders, who have also trained a group of nine par­ents in Car­dio Pul­monary Re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) and how to use the ma­chine.

Jamie Devon­port, a mem­ber of the club, said: “There was quite a few sto­ries in the press about chil­dren of a sim­i­lar age to our boys dy­ing from sud­den heart fail­ure dur­ing sport­ing events so we de­cided to pur­chase the de­fib­ril­la­tor.”

Dion Cross, chair­man of Bolling­ton and Mac­cles­field com­mu­nity first re­spon­ders, said: “Our team of vol­un­teers are de­lighted to be able to as­sist our lo­cal ju­nior foot­ball club and for them to be trained to de­liver the best pos­si­ble care in the event of any player or spec­ta­tor hav­ing a car­diac ar­rest.

“In the event of car­diac ar­rest, rapid de­ploy­ment of an AED re­ally can save lives, as a ca­su­alty’s chance of sur­vival re­duces by ap­prox­i­mately 10 per cent for each minute of de­lay.”

Bolling­ton and Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders hold monthly CPR cour­ses free of charge to the pub­lic.

If you would like to at­tend a free, two-hour course, visit www.bm­cfr. org.uk or call 07511 123502.

● Mac­cles­field Ju­nior oot­ball Club with the Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor

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