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Brierfield defib (s)

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Two junior football teams have installed defibrillators at their grounds to make sure they are prepared if anyone has heart problems.

Barnoldswick Town and Brierfield Celtic’s Under 15s have both recently had defibrillators fitted following the tragic death of a young female footballer in East Lancashire last year.

Barnoldswick defib (s)

Barnoldswick defib (s)

Barnoldswick Town have installed theirs at Victory Park after Pat Jones, manager of Barnoldswick Town’s Under 18’s, used his links with the North West Ambulance Service.

He said: “The NWAS Trust were able to support us through external funding which meant we were all able to make a charitable donation to the Cardiac Smart project.

“Pendle Council’s Neighbourhood Services and Barnoldswick Town Council have also supported this project with the borough council paying for the installation costs and taking responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the defibrillator. A big thanks must also go to Cheryl Pickstock at NWAS for making all this happen.”

Those interested in learning about how the defibrillator unit works are free to attend an AED Awareness session at Barnoldswick Town’s clubhouse tonight between 7pm and 8-30pm.

Meanwhile Brierfield Celtic’s Under 15’s players and managers supported the installation of their defibrillator at John Bradley Playing Fields in Brierfield.

Chairman Dave Johnson said: “It is our belief that every sports ground should have one available. Our thanks go to the British Heart Foundation for their help in providing us with the defibrillator and enabling us to achieve our aim.

“The defibrillator will be available not only to teams playing football on these pitches but also to the many dog walkers and local residents who use the playing field on a more casual basis.

“Pendle Council’s Neighbourhood Services have supported this project with the borough council paying for the installation costs and taking responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the defibrillator.”