Defibrillator appeal smashes target

First published in News by

A Teifi Valley football coach has exceeded his fundraising target to buy life-saving equipment for the local community.

Brett Walker, a coach at Newcastle Emlyn FC, aimed to buy a defibrillator for the town, and has attended various events and triathlon challenges to raise awareness and collect cash towards the item.

He has now raised enough funds, with the help of the community, to buy two difibrillators for the town.

A number of events have taken place and Mr Walker recently took part in a gruelling Triathlon at Milford Haven to raise the final funds for the appeal.

He said: “The swim and run were ok but the bike section was unforgiving. It's a tough course anyway but the rain lashing down made it really hard. Still, the most important thing was to complete it.

“We're now over target on the appeal and two defibrillators and a heated cabinet have been ordered.”

The first defibrillator will be kept in the medical room of the Football Club, in a purpose-built heated cabinet, where coaching staff and six key-holders based at business premises in the town centre will have access.

Key- holders include The Plough, Tivy Hall, JDR Thomas, NFU, The Pelican, and PC Ian Ayres.

The second defibrillator will be kept in the reception of the Emlyn Arms.

A newly assembled panel of local people will meet on September 1 when the equipment will be delivered, keys to the football club medical room will be distributed and training will be discussed.

Mr Walker added: “We have three trainers lined up, the training will last about three hours and should commence in mid-September.

“The training will be free but we will be asking for a voluntary donation of £5 per person to cover the trainers' fuel costs and a donation to their own charities. Priority will be given to people who work or live in the town centre but others can certainly apply and be trained later.”

For defibrillator training dates visit www.nefcdefibappeal.co.uk.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree