Following a lengthy and sometimes frustrating campaign by Mike Stone and other BBC Committee members, there is now an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on the Grange Meadow site, which is available for all park users. It has been a long time coming and was delayed by the pandemic, but it is finally here.
Perhaps, more importantly, we know how to use it, too! At least 50% of our playing members have attended training sessions that were kindly run by Gerry Hardie’s son James, an advanced healthcare professional and trainer.
It is located in a secure, alarmed cabinet on the football pavilion wall facing the car park.
Hopefully, we’ll never need to use it, but heart attacks can strike at any age and access to an AED in those vital first few minutes can make a huge difference to the outcome.
If you ever need to use it, call 999 immediately. The AED is registered with emergency services and the operator will give you the code to open the cabinet and talk you through using it.
Don’t be afraid to get involved; the worst thing that can happen is that you save someone’s life!