Big-hearted donation by power station to football club in town

Bedlington Terriers FC can provide its players, staff and visitors with a rapid response to cardiac arrest situations thanks to an equipment gift.

Friday, 6th September 2019, 12:08 pm
Updated Friday, 13th September 2019, 10:04 pm
From left, Janet Mole from Lynemouth Power Station presents the defibrillator equipment to Bedlington Terriers FC’s first team manager, David Leightley, alongside first team player Kyle Dobson (back) and youth players Dawson Jamison and Grace Black. Picture by Crest Photography.

Lynemouth Power Station has donated a life-saving heart defibrillator, which has been installed at the Welfare Park ground.

The club is home to seven teams – its first team plays in Northern League Division Two – and more than 80 footballers, from senior players to an under 6 ‘tots’ team.

Along with daily training sessions and match attendances, it sees hundreds of people visiting the ground on a weekly basis.

Commercial director Rowan Edwards said: “This is a vital piece of first aid equipment and we are extremely grateful to Lynemouth Power Station for its kind donation.

“Given the number of on-site staff, players training each week and visitors to the ground, it is essential that our trained staff have instant access to life-saving equipment in case of emergencies.

“It will mean a lot to everyone at the club, as well as the local community.”

If deployed within three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest, a defibrillator could potentially increase the chances of surviving from six to 74 per cent.

Janet Mole from Lynemouth Power Station added, “Having these devices installed in popular public places and venues is so important, so rather than just donate to the fund-raising effort, we decided to purchase the equipment outright on behalf of the club.”