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Rovers invest in life-saving equipment

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Filed: Friday, 20th October 2017
By: Staff Writer

Thundersley Rovers are delighted to announce that the Club has purchased a defibrillator for our Clubhouse at Thundersley Common.

A defibrillator is a life-saving device that delivers a high energy, electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is experiencing cardiac arrest.

Figures show that someone who receives CPR only after collapsing has a five per cent chance of survival - but if a defibrillator and CPR are used, that figure rises to 50 per cent.

It was one of these machines that prevented Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba from dying on the pitch in a Premier League match against Tottenham five years ago. You may read more about that story here.

Whilst we hope we never have to use it, the machine gives anyone who requires its services - whether player, spectator or passer-by - a genuine hope of staying alive until professional medical treatment can be sought.

As a result, we would like as many people as possible involved with the club to know how to use it. This is important - the defibrillator is for the use of ANYONE, not just trained medical staff.

With this in mind, we have invited trained medic Ben Mudd to offer us a demonstration of the machine after training tomorrow morning and as such, would like all managers and coaches present plus as many parents as possible to attend.

* Thundersley Rovers Sports Club is a Charter Standard club and, we believe, the first football Club in the Castle Point borough to fund the purchase of a defibrillator.

Our Club, which has been at the heart of the Thundersley community since 1963 provides sporting activities to in excess of 100 local children between the ages of 5 and 12 each and every weekend.

You may find the location of your nearest defibrillator by entering your postcode here.

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