Rowing Club Teams Up with JHMT to Provide Community Defibrillator

Rowing Club Teams Up with JHMT to Provide Community Defibrillator

Posted: Thu, 14 Mar 2019

Rowing Club Teams Up with JHMT to Provide Community Defibrillator

The new defib – which is situated next to the main entrance of Leicester Rowing Club, on Upperton Road – is available for use 24/7, whenever it is needed.

It has been funded by the rowing club along with donations from running club the West End Runners – which meets at the rowing club on Wednesday evenings – and Westcotes ward community funding. Ward community funding is money set aside for local councillors to give to community projects.

The defibrillator sits in an external box, which will keep it dry and protect it from the elements. This box has been funded by local charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT).

The JHMT was set up in memory of Joe Humphries, who died from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) aged
just 14 in October 2012, whilst out running near his family home in Rothley, Leicestershire.

Since Joe's death, the JHMT continues to raise awareness of SADS and sudden heart deaths. The charity provides free CPR training, helps to fund community defibrillators and campaigns for better understanding of SADS.

Tim Walton from Leicester Rowing Club said: "The Trust kindly provided the enclosure for the defib and has also provided us with CPR and defibrillator training, so that we now have a core of members who are sufficiently competent to deal with a cardiac arrest, should one arise.

"Some of our members were involved in a situation in north Lincolnshire where a rower in his 60s had a cardiac arrest after completing a rowing race. They ran to fetch a nearby defib from a branch of Tesco have been told that without it, the person would probably not have survived. All members of the club are delighted that we now have this most important piece of life-saving equipment so close to the clubhouse, because none of us know when we might need it."

Leicester Rowing Club has more than 90 members, with ages ranging from 11 to mid-70s. The club was formed in 1882 and has been at its current location since the mid 1950s.

Tim added: "Whilst only a relatively small provincial rowing club, one of our members is currently in the Great Britain rowing team, having competed at Rio in the last Olympics, and one of our junior members is currently the Great Britain junior sculling champion for her age group, and hopes to be selected to row for Great Britain in the future.

"Our annual regatta, this year held on 28 April, draws in rowers from as far afield as Bradford and Oxford, Boston and Birmingham.

"We have been delighted by the support that the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust has given us and are proud to now be able to bring the defibrillator online."

JHMT trustee and medical advisor Dr Mike Ferguson said: "Just as in sports events, where the time difference between winning and losing can be small, a rapid and effective response to a life-threatening event such as a cardiac arrest is vital. Without prompt action, a cardiac arrest can be fatal. The skills required to save a life are not difficult and can be learnt quickly. JHMT is grateful that Leicester Rowing Club have taken this on board: not only have they had CPR training but they have also made their defibrillator fully accessible to the public at all times.

"This is another club helping to make their sport and community a heartsafe environment, and we hope that other clubs from all sports follow their lead."

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