Monday, 25 March 2019

Clubs want defibrillator

A DEFIBRILLATOR is set to be installed at the guide hut in Wargrave.

Wargrave Wolves and Wargrave Women’s and Girls’ football clubs are willing to pay for the lifesaving device closer to King’s Field, where they play many of their matches.

A defibrillator can increase the survival rate of cardiac arrest victims by five per cent.

Each device typically costs about £1,500, which includes a secure cabinet, and needs to be connected to a power supply in order to keep it warm and charged.

Wargrave Parish Council, which owns the land, has supported the idea, as has the guide group.

Parish clerk Stephen Hedges said: “The clubs are willing to fund one to go on the hut. Their welfare officer has been to training events and realised the benefits of having a defibrillator closer to activities.”

There are already five defibrillators in or close to Wargrave — at the old Pavilion off Recreation Road, Piggott School in Twyford Road, Hennerton Golf Club, Crazies Hill village hall and Crazies Hill primary school.

In 2015, a defibrillator was installed on the wall of the Old Pavilion. It was paid for by Wargrave Runners using money raised at that year’s Wargrave 10km.

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