The club have been carrying out fundraising activities in order to ensure that we have defibrillators at all sites where the children play football matches.
We now have a community defibrillator at Walton le Dale Rec which was funded by a quiz night at Christmas 2018 and also a generous donation from British Power & Gas Ltd. The lock box was provided free of charge by the North West Ambulance Service.
We also have recently refurbished the defibrillator at Higher Walton Rec and the Rec Committee along with local businesses have funded for this to be a community asset
We also have a recently refurbished defibrillator at Holland House.
These were funded by a club fundraising event and will be kept within the changing room at this location so that it can be accessed whenever a Walton le Dale JFC team are playing matches.
Several Parents and some of the management team undertook life saving AED training in November 2018 and further training courses will take place in 2019. Lets hope that they never have to use it, but know that if someone had a sudden cardiac arrest on the pitch during a weekend football match then they have both the skills and life saving devise to make a difference.
This shows a commitment by the club to be Cardiac Smart and to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone involved within Walton le Dale JFC, visiting teams and the local community by ensuring the defibrillators are a community asset as the nearest community one to these locations was at Footsteps Nursery on School Lane which was too far when every second counts.
A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone – young or old, at any time and the use of a defibrillator and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) within the first few minutes, while professional help is on the way, can improve the chances of the patient surviving by up to 70 per cent.
What are Defibrillators?
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are small machines which ‘shock’ a person’s heart into restarting. They are easy to use as they talk through the process and they won’t deliver a shock unless it is required and there is no clinical training required to be able to use them.