Hatfield social club unveils new life-saving equipment

PUBLISHED: 14:05 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:08 30 March 2017

(L-R) Martin Reeve, Mukesh Patel, Frank Taylor; Cllr Bernard Sarson, Andy Cremer, Chalmers Cursley  and Paul Denton.

(L-R) Martin Reeve, Mukesh Patel, Frank Taylor; Cllr Bernard Sarson, Andy Cremer, Chalmers Cursley and Paul Denton.

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New life-saving equipment has been unveiled at a Hatfield social club.

The Jim McDonald Centre now has a defibrillator, thanks to a donation from the Royal International Foundation – following an application by Hatfield Rotary Club.

It was unveiled at the centre today (Thursday), which was attended by councillor Bernard Sarson, representatives of the Rotary International Foundation and WHC officers.

A defibrillator is a device used to give a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall when someone is in cardiac arrest.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “The Jim McDonald Centre is the hub of the local community and it is used by people of all ages for a variety of reasons; from children’s activity sessions to dance classes, to coffee mornings for the elderly.

“So it’s really important that there’s a defibrillator there, which is available to use 24/7, just in case.

“On behalf of the council, I’d like to thank the Rotary International Foundation and the Rotary Club of Hatfield for their kind donation.”

Paul Denton, project leader of Rotary International Foundation, said: “Our defibrillator project is an example for the Rotary Foundation working to enhance communities in our own Rotary District.

“The site was agreed with the East of England Ambulance Service who worked with Rotary on this project.”


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