Calthorpe Park School in­stalls new de­fib­ril­la­tor

PO­TEN­TIALLY LIFE-SAV­ING EQUIP­MENT PLACED NEAR SCHOOL’S SPORTS PITCHES

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS - By STEPHEN LLOYD steve.lloyd@reach­plc.com @FleetNandM

A PO­TEN­TIALLY life­sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tor has been in­stalled at Fleet’s Calthorpe Park School, thanks to a lo­cal youth foot­ball club.

Fleet Town Colts chair­man Dar­ren McGrath and other com­mit­tee mem­bers and play­ers have of­fi­cially pre­sented a new au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) to head­teacher Martin Amos and other mem­ber of his staff.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Fleet Town Colts and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity, the AED has been paid for and in­stalled out­side the sports hall build­ing at Calthorpe Park, within easy ac­cess of all the sports fa­cil­i­ties at the Hitches Lane school.

Mr McGrath said: “As a lo­cal foot­ball club, the com­mit­tee of Fleet Town Colts FC saw an ap­pro­pri­ate op­por­tu­nity to sup­port their own young ath­letes dur­ing their weekly train­ing ses­sions which are held at the school, as well as all the stu­dents at Calthorpe Park by pro­vid­ing this po­ten­tially life­sav­ing equip­ment.

“The head­teach­ers and gov­er­nors have ex­pressed their enor­mous grat­i­tude.”

Re­search shows that more than 90% of sud­den car­diac ar­rests in young ath­letes hap­pen ei­ther dur­ing or im­me­di­ately after ex­er­cise and those with an in­her­ited heart con­di­tion can be up to three times as likely to suf­fer a sud­den car­diac ar­rest if they par­tic­i­pate in in­ten­sive or stren­u­ous ex­er­cise.

Ge­orgina Wil­liams, Com­mu­nity Let­tings Sup­port at Calthorpe Park School, said: “We do hope that it is one piece of equip­ment that never has to be used, but it is very re­as­sur­ing to know that its pres­ence could just make the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

“Many of the stu­dents at Calthorpe Park School, both boys and girls, play for teams across all the age groups for Fleet Town Colts and Fleet Town Ladies & Girls, and their con­tin­u­ing sup­port of the school as a com­mit­ted hirer is highly val­ued.

“The club is one of the many lo­cal clubs and com­mu­nity groups that hire the fa­cil­i­ties at the school dur­ing the week­day evenings and at week­ends, and it is won­der­ful to see the growth of all these lo­cal con­nec­tions.”

For more de­tails about hir­ing the school’s fa­cil­i­ties, call 01252 613483 ext 131 or email Com­mu­nitylet­tings@cps.hants.sch.uk.

For more de­tails about Fleet Town Colts FC, visit www.fleet­town­colts.com.

GRA­HAME LARTER

Dar­ren McGrath (club chair­man), Claire Olling­ton (Sec), Nathan Olling­ton (U13 Coach), David Mar­low (Sun­day Club) and Martin Amos (joint head­teacher), with U7s Liam, Al­fie and Daniel, plus U12’s Han­nah, Imo­gen and Con­nie at Calthorpe Park School

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