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 defibrillators at Higher Walton Rec and Holland House. These were funded by a club fundraising event and will be kept within the changing rooms at these locations so that they can be accessed whenever a Walton le Dale JFC team are playing matches at the location.
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.
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.
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. The commitment has also extended to the local community of Walton le Dale by providing a community access defibrillator at Walton le Dale Rec as the nearest community one to this location was at Footsteps Nursery on School Lane.
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.