Date: Thursday 11 August 2016
Cranbrook Football Club has purchased an Automated External Defibrillator, thanks to a generous £1,000 donation by our Exeter team, which last year also sponsored the club to fund the kits for its first official season.
The defibrillator, which automatically diagnoses the heart rhythm and determines if a shock is needed, is designed to be simple for use by non-medical operators. It will be available pitchside for use if a player, spectator or official suffers a heart attack.
Club secretary Jon Elstone says: “There’s a small chance that someone could have a heart problem on the pitch but it does happen.
“The chance of survival without a defibrillator is unfortunately extremely low – but with a pitchside defibrillator you increase the chance of survival ten times. Hopefully we’ll never need it but if we do, we’ll be so glad to have this bit of kit. You can’t put a price on saving someone’s life.
“This is a huge donation from Taylor Wimpey and we’re so appreciative of how supportive they’ve been.”
Cranbrook FC is a newly established adult football team that is already enjoying success, having earned promotion to Division 7 of the Devon & Exeter League in its first season.
The club, which trains at Cranbrook Education Campus, was set up in May 2015 and the players sport a brand new orange and black strip adorned with the Taylor Wimpey logo.
Clare Brimble, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Exeter, says: “We are delighted to be supporting Cranbrook FC with this incredibly worthwhile project to provide a pitchside defibrillator.
“We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, and this is an excellent example of how we can help.”
There’s a stunning selection of three, four and six-bedroom homes currently available to reserve at Cranbrook.