Lifesaver bought after club deaths

Pictured during the defibrillator training session at the Wingate Constitutional Club are members(left to right) Ronnie Mason, Stephen Davison, Dennis Chapman, Tommy Tinkler and Kim Thompson.
Pictured during the defibrillator training session at the Wingate Constitutional Club are members(left to right) Ronnie Mason, Stephen Davison, Dennis Chapman, Tommy Tinkler and Kim Thompson.

A CLUB has become the first in its area to get a new lifesaving defibrillator after several people suffered heart attacks in and around the premises.

Seven workers, committee members and punters at Wingate Constitutional Club have been trained to use the device after three people have died or needed urgent treatment after suffering a heart attack in the last three years in or near the club.

Club bosses say the defibrillator could prove to be a lifesaver if anyone suffers heart problems in the future – as the first few minutes are vital for patients.

The club raised £1,443 to buy the defibrillator after getting funding from the club’s brewery and Wingate Parish Council. Now seven people have been trained to use it by St John Ambulance.

Club secretary Stephen Davison, 54, who has suffered a heart attack himself, said: “The average age of people going into clubs is over 50 and the older you are the more likely you are to have a heart attack.

“In the last two or three years we have had three people died or needed hospital treatment within the club or outside the premises, so that is a big motivation.

“When you see what happened to Muamba you just have to watch that to see how good these things are. We are the only club in the south east Durham area to have one.”