On Saturday 8th November, Helsby Community Sports Club welcomed visitors from the “Have a Heart” Foundation together with former St Helens Rugby League player Tommy Frodsham. Founded by former Helsby High student and professional rugby player himself, Dr Chris Hale, the charity have donated a defibrillator to the club – a life-saving piece of equipment which will now be available at the club’s Chester Road clubhouse and can be used even by people with no training.
Dr Hale and brother Eric set up the charity following the diagnosis of a serious heart condition in 2012 and he is now dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease and heart failure in young people and young athletes. This is the latest in a series of donations that the charity has made, further to similar presentations to Helsby High School and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.
Public access defibrillators (PADs) give voice instructions and are completely safe to use, as Chris explained “The defibrillator works out if the person needs a shock, so you can't give a shock to someone who doesn't need one. People are often afraid to use them, but people should use one if they need to as it can be the difference between life and death. Anyone who has collapsed and is not breathing needs a defibrillator as soon as possible. It has been proved that strategically placed defibrillators can significantly increase your chance of survival following cardiac arrest’
‘The Have a Heart Foundation are committed to being the difference between a life lost and a life saved and this project is helping us to save lives. With more defibrillators in public places, we can significantly reduce this tragic loss of life'. The charity is working to raise funds to buy defibrillators and also new cardiac diagnostic machinery for our local hospitals through the recycling of unwanted clothes and shoes.
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