A DEFIBRILLATOR has been presented to Richmond Rovers JFC by a local charity – Ciaran’s Cause; web site: www.ciaranscause.co.uk. This Charity was set up in remembrance of 7 year old Ciaran Geddes, who on April 17th 2012 went out to play football with his friends. Unfortunately he didn’t make it to the pitch. He suffered a suspected cardiac arrest and, although first aid (CPR) was given within minutes, he sadly passed away. Had a defibrillator been present he would have stood a greater chance of survival. This is a very worthy cause so please check out the web site. The defibrillator was presented by Cheryl Stewart, a co-founder of the charity, to representatives of Richmond Rovers JFC – Chris Grossmith, Paul Will and Ian Waller – at Cheshire FA headquarters
A defibrillator costs £1200 so Richmond Rovers were delighted to be selected to receive one as a donation from ‘Ciaran’s Cause’. As an FA Community Charter Standard Club with approaching 400 players the Charity Organisers decided that Richmond Rovers was a worthy recipient. The club has run two in-house workshops for CPR refresher and defibrillator training with over 35 volunteers attending.
The defibrillator will be kept on an outside wall a Vernon School near to the playing fields. It will be available for use by the school and other users of the facilities besides the football club. For safety and protection, the defibrillator must be kept in a special key coded heated box. Vernon School have kindly paid half the £700 cost of this storage box. Once in place, the defibrillator and code will be registered with the emergency services and will be available for public use if required.
Richmond Rovers consider this is such a vital piece of equipment that they shall be organising fundraising events to finance a second unit for their Norbury Facility at Richmond Rovers Playing Fields, Jacksons Lane, Hazel Grove.
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