A £1,000 Test Valley Borough Council Councillor Community Grant has helped to fund two defibrillators for use by Andover Hockey Club, after a player from a visiting team collapsed following a match in March last year.
The player suffered a cardiac arrest but later recovered thanks to the quick response from South Central Ambulance Service. But the incident prompted Andover Hockey Club to apply for funding for the life-saving defibrillators to ensure they were prepared should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest in future.
Millway ward members, Councillor James Neal, Councillor Sandra Hawke and Councillor Zilliah Brooks awarded the £1,000 grant to add to funding from the British Heart Foundation, Simply Health, John Hanson School, the British legion and Andover Hockey Club.
One of the defibrillators is located at John Hanson School where Andover Hockey Club holds its matches and the second has been installed at the Royal British Legion, where the players enjoy their post-match teas.
Chairman of Andover Hockey Club, John Priestley-Cooper said: “We all feel part of a family here at Andover Hockey Club and it’s important that we are able to look after everyone who plays here and all those who come to watch our games. Although I hope we never need to use the defibrillators, it is reassuring to know that we have access to them if necessary. We are so grateful to all who have contributed to the funding for the defibrillators, and to the councillors for their generous Community Grant.”
Councillor Neal said: “We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this life-saving first aid equipment. Clearly you would hope that what happened last year is never repeated, but at least the club now has the equipment should they need to use it.”
Councillor Hawke added: “Andover Hockey Club is a fantastic club and we are pleased to help fund the defibrillators. These will ensure that not only the Hockey Club players, but anyone using the facilities at John Hanson School or visiting the Royal British Legion will have access to the defibrillators in case of an emergency.”
The Councillor Community Grant scheme helps to fund community-led initiatives. Local councillors allocate funds to projects that they identify as meeting a need in the community based on feedback from residents. For more information about the grants available, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk