Club gets cash for defibrillator

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Upton Rugby Club has been able to invest in a life-saving defibrillator, thanks to a community grant from Wakefield and District Housing.

The Quarry Lane Club was also able to pay for training for 14 people so they can offer immediate first aid if a player or spectator suffers a heart attack. The training was organised by the charity Heartbeat of Sport, which is campaigning for all sports clubs to be equipped with defibrillators.

Elaine Dawson, child welfare officer at the club, said: “We have trained the coaching staff, bar staff and members of the committee in how to use the equipment. We have seven teams at Upton, from under eights through to the open age team, and we’re extremely grateful for the community grant from WDH so we can fund such an important piece of equipment – but hopefully we will never have to use it.”