Dosh4Defibs installs defibrillator at Uffington Road Playing Fields in Stamford
A defibrillator has been installed at a sports ground used by hundreds of footballers and cricketers of all ages.
Funded by Dosh4Defibs, it has been fixed in a secure box to the exterior wall of the clubhouse at Uffington Road Playing Fields.
The site, shared by Stamford Town Cricket Club and Stamford AFC’s Young Daniels, is in use throughout the year but before now there was no defibrillator on site.
Lynne Edwards, from the Young Daniels, said the defibrillator is a valuable addition to the playing fields.
She said: “We have a lot of people of all ages here at Uffington Road taking part in sport all year round and after reading about Dosh4Defibs we thought it would be a great idea to contact Dannii and see if we could get one installed.
“Obviously, we hope it will never be needed, but if somebody does, it is here ready and waiting to potentially save a life.”
Dosh4Defibs was set up by Dannii Vincent following the tragic death of her nephew in May 2014. Bailey Drew, who was 11, collapsed while playing football with friends.
The defribrillator is stored in bright yellow metal box with a lock which can be opened using a code provided by 999 call handlers.
It is fully-automatic and simple to use even for those with no medical training.
Dosh4Defibs has now installed 12 defibrillators across Stamford, with more in the pipeline.
Dannii said: “Sports venues are ideal locations for defibrillators because a lot of cardiac arrests happen in places like this.
“Every second counts with a cardiac arrest and having a defibrillator on site could make a real difference.”
Although the defibrillators are easy to use, every time Dosh4Defibs installs one in Stamford staff from the East Midlands Ambulance Service offer additional training for up to eight people.
The defibrillator was provided free of charge, but to say thank you Stamford Town Cricket Club and the Young Daniels have been fundraising for Dosh4Defibs.
A collection, race night and raffle raised £600, and members of the Unite union who work at Cummins in Stamford donated £400.
Steve Holland, from the cricket club, said: “We are very grateful for Dannii’s help with the defibrillator and happy to have raised some money for her campaign.”