A sports club with members from juniors to over 65s has been presented with a life-saving defibrillator. The Bolton ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) Support group raises money to donate the costly equipment to local sports clubs, schools and other organisations.
The latest club to benefit is Markland Hill Racquets Club in Heaton – the group has already presented defibrillators ton Bolton Rugby Club and Harper Green School. Members of the club had already started fundraising to buy a defibrillator. The Bolton ICD Group was founded by Tracey Garde to support patients and their families after an ICD as been implanted into a patient following a cardiac arrest.
Former Bolton Wanders’ footballer Fabrice Muamba had one fitted. The group are aware of lack of devices in the public domain so members decided to expand their activities by raising awareness and fundraising to buy the machines. They have also teamed up with the North West Ambulance Service which provides help in CPR training using the equipment.
Beryl Arnold, of Markland Hill, said: “This would be very valuable to us, giving potentially life-saving treatment in an emergency. It will improve safety and give peace of mind to all members and visitors who use the club.” In return, Mrs Arnold handed over a cheque for £300 from the club for the ICD Support Group’s fundraising account.