A BOWLING club has raised enough cash to buy a life-saving defibrillator.
The equipment was funded by Gildredge Park Bowling Club’s 200 Club and a grant from the British Heart Foundation.
It can be used by any club member if a colleague or visitor suffers from a cardiac arrest on the bowls green.
More than 300,000 sudden cardiac arrest cases happen out of hospital each year.
After someone has a cardiac arrest every minute that passes without defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by 10 per cent – so speed is essential.
Dennis Williams, organiser of the 200 Club, said, “On average an ambulance takes eight minutes from call out to get to Gildredge Park so this machine can really save lives.
“It is not just for our members but for players in the 90 visiting teams as well. I hope it does not get much use but it is a huge comfort to all our members and visitors to know it is available in the clubhouse.”