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Groups provide Oakham Bowls Club with lifesaving kit

New defibrillator donated to Oakham Tennis Club and Oakham Bowling Club by Rutland Lions and the Karen Ball Fund. From left, Community Heartbeat Trust national secretary Martin Fagan, Rutland Lions
director of community service Chris Wallis, Karen Ball Fund defibrillator coordinator Juliet Burgess-Ray, Oakham Bowling Club president Rod Groombridge, local resident Anne Moutrey and Karen Ball Fund treasurer Derek Eyers.  Picture by Allan Grey.
Photo: MSMP Oakham Bowls and Tennis Defibrillator

New defibrillator donated to Oakham Tennis Club and Oakham Bowling Club by Rutland Lions and the Karen Ball Fund. From left, Community Heartbeat Trust national secretary Martin Fagan, Rutland Lions director of community service Chris Wallis, Karen Ball Fund defibrillator coordinator Juliet Burgess-Ray, Oakham Bowling Club president Rod Groombridge, local resident Anne Moutrey and Karen Ball Fund treasurer Derek Eyers. Picture by Allan Grey. Photo: MSMP Oakham Bowls and Tennis Defibrillator

 

Members of a bowls club were given a lesson in how use a piece of lifesaving equipment which can prove vital in emergency situations.

A defibrillator has been installed at Oakham Bowls Club and more than 40 people were told how it works during two awareness sessions yesterday (Tuesday).

A defibrillator is used on someone having a cardiac arrest to give the heart an electric shock and restore its rhythm.

Members of the club thanked the Karen Ball Fund and fundraising group Rutland Lions who split the cost of the £1,800 needed to purchase the equipment.

Oakham Tennis Club, which is next door to the bowling club, also supported the installation.

Oakham Bowling Club captain Gail Robertson said: “During the summer we are a very busy club and have a hundred or so members. I think our members tend to be a bit older so that’s why it was important to us to get a defibrillator installed.

“We are very grateful for the support of the Karen Ball Fund, the Lions and the tennis club, as without their help we would not have been able to install it.”

The Karen Ball Fund is a Rutland-based charity that provides care and support for seriously- ill people in the county and raises funds to help purchase defibrillators.

The defibrillator is the second public one that the Karen Ball Fund has part funded in Oakham.

The other one is positioned at Body Power Fitness, in Princess Avenue, while the third public one was bought by Oakham School and put up behind Buttercross House in Market Place.

Juliet Burgess-Ray, defibrillator co-ordinator for the Karen Ball Fund, said: “With this installation, members of the bowls club, the tennis club and local residents are now in safer hands. It’s such an easy piece of equipment to use and it’s great to be able to support the installation of another one in the county.”

Rutland Lions donated more than £4,000 towards the cost of defibrillators last year.

Member Chris Wallis said: “We are always looking to support the local community as effectively as possible, and so the opportunity to help donate toward lifesaving equipment is about as good as it gets.”

The awareness sessions were led by Martin Fagan, the national secretary of Community Heartbeat Trust.

 

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