Life-saving kit installed

Emma Scott of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service with members of the Brighouse Sports Club.
Emma Scott of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service with members of the Brighouse Sports Club.

The Brighouse Heart Support Group Heartbeat has purchased an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be based at the Brighouse Sports Club.

Heartbeat initially funded the unit but Brighouse Sports Club have contributed around half of £2,000 spent on the equipment and training.

The AED is located on an external wall at the Brighouse Sports Club making it available to people at events and taking part in all the sports at the club.

It is also available for local people as the unit is registered with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Brighouse Sports Club has trained 24 club members and staff in using the equipment, which was carried out by Emma Scott, community defibrillation officer of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The Heartbeat charity runs exercise and Tai Chi classes, walks and social events for people who have had or at risk of having a cardiac event.

Membership stands at 238 covering people from 30 to 92 years old. The charity raises over 95 per cent of its funding from its members and fundraising events.

Roger Bailey, Heartbeat’s chairman, said: “An AED can make a big difference to the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest. Survival rates without these are 10 per cent or less, with them it can be 50 per cent or greater.”

“The unit at the sports club is the only one in Brighouse available 24/7. Therefore we have decided to start raising funds to provide a second AED located in the Brighouse shopping centre to be available 24/7 in 2016.”