Cricket club's lifesaver in the pavilion
Clive Setter of Heartsafe AED Locator with Charlotte Newnes of Redrow South West and Ryan Watts of Pucklechurch Cricket Club
A CRICKET club has been given a new piece of equipment which could help save a life.
The defibrillator has been installed by the changing room at Pucklechurch Cricket Club after being donated by housebuilder Redrow South West.
The club, which has three adult teams, an All Stars team for five to eight year olds and a Dynamos team for children aged nine to 11, as well as a women's softball team, is based at the recreation ground off Abson Road.
First XI captain Ryan Watts said: “As a captain you always feel responsible for your teams.
"A defibrillator is an essential tool to save the life of someone in the event of them suffering a cardiac arrest.
"It is very reassuring to be prepared should any such accident occur at the cricket club in the future."
The defibrillator gives voice prompts and easy to understand visuals that guide the user through treating a patient who is suffering a cardiac arrest.
It will also be available for the other clubs using the pavilion, including the village's men's women's and veterans' football teams, and Sunday side Puckle Vale FC.
The equipment was supplied by Heartsafe AED Locator, who also provided training for club members.
Clive Setter from the firm said: "This is one of the most highly-developed defibrillators on the market.
“We are fortunate to have an incredible ambulance service in this country and calling 999 should always be the first call of action in any emergency.
"However, without a defibrillator there is only about a three or four per cent chance of survival for someone with cardiac arrest. A defibrillator, good CPR and getting to the patient within seven or eight minutes, can increase the success rate by 50 to 70 per cent.”
Redrow, which is currently building homes at the Frenchay Gardens development, said it wanted to "contribute to a safe and healthy community".
Area sales manager Charlotte Newnes said: “The training experience has been incredibly thought-provoking. It has shown me just how important it is that clubs and locations where people gather have access to a defibrillator.
"We are thrilled to be able to provide this valuable, potentially life-saving resource to Pucklechurch Cricket Club."