Royal Wootton Bassett has become HeartSafe® thanks to the generous funds raised by friends of the town's Rugby Football Club and the Vice Presidents Section of the Club. Pictured above (from left to right) are Mark Whiteman (President of the Club), Councillor Linda Frost (Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett), Andrew Gassor (Chairman of the Club's Mini and Juniors Section), Melaine Inkpen (Club Member) and Sarah Dunstan (AED Locator) during the recent launch of the new clubhouse with its life-saving equipment.
The Public Access Defibrillator is located to the back (pitch side) of the new clubhouse at the Ballard's Ash Sports Ground on Malmesbury Road - for Sat Nav users the postcode is SN4 8DS. The purchase of this life-saving equipment was the idea of club member Melanie Inkpen who is the secretary for the club's Mini and Juniors Section. She suggested the idea as a result of hearing about the footballer Fabrice Muamba who in March 2012 suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and collapsed during a match but fortunately survived due to the quick use of a defibrillator combined with CPR. Royal Wootton Bassett is the latest location of a Public Access Defibrillator in a HeartSafe® cabinet supporting the Hearts & Goals initiative by Arrhythmia Alliance.
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