Clubs are urged to get free defibrillators

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The Department for Communities and Sport Northern Ireland has launched a new initiative to provide life-saving defibrillators to sports clubs.

Minister Paul Givan MLA has given a commitment that 300 AED devices will be made available to sports clubs across the province.

Speaking on the issue Carla Lockhart MLA said, “This is a life or death issue and one I have been championing and working on for some time.

“The purpose is to increase the number of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices available in community settings.

Almost 300 AED devices will be distributed amongst sports clubs.

Even if your club/organisation already possesses a defibrillator, you may be eligible to receive a new AED through this initiative.

“We are aware of the way in which an AED can save the life of someone who has suffered a heart attack.

“These are invaluable and I believe should be located in sports clubs, churches, schools and community halls.

“I am pleased to say that ABC council has made strides in terms of the number of these within their facilities .”

“I would encourage sports groups to take up this offer and complete the register of interest form on the Sport NI website.

www.sportni.net/get-active/defibrillators-for-sport-initiative/”