Two leisure sites within the Test Valley have been fitted with a public access defibrillator. The CPR training kits were awarded to Charlton Lakeside Pavilion and Knightwood Leisure Centre by the British Heart Foundation.
Valley Leisure, the charitable trust who manages the sites on behalf of TVBC, received £1000 from Valley Park Councillors to part fund the potentially lifesaving machines and receive Call Push Rescue training kits.
The funding was achieved following a successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package which contains everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.
Valley Leisure plan to run training sessions in the local community giving everyone the opportunity to become potential lifesavers. These training sessions will be made available to the local community across Valley Leisure’s four sites – Andover Leisure Centre, Romsey Rapids Sports Complex, Charlton Lakeside Pavilion and Knightwood Leisure Centre.
Dan Flippance, an assistant manager from Valley Leisure said: “We are delighted to have raised enough money to help fund this lifesaving package. We are keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR so that local people have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest. We are now working on raising more money to fit further defibrillators in the Test Valley.”
Judy O’Sullivan, assistant programme director at the British Heart Foundation said: “More than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year, but less than one in ten survive. More people could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places.”
“We are delighted that Valley Leisure have joined the British Heart Foundations Nation of Lifesavers campaign by making two defibrillators available within Charlton Lakeside Pavilion and Knightwood Leisure Centre and are teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death” she added.