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After a year of fund raising, Rugby Police Bowls Club recently donated two defibrillators (AED's) and cabinets to bowls clubs in the Rugby area. The recipients of the AED's were the Grange Bowls Club and Oakfield Bowls Club.

The idea came about after the untimely death of Jill Sirett, a member of both the clubs. In consultation with Jill's husband Rodger, an Executive member of the Warwickshire County Bowling Association, it was decided to attempt to buy a defibrillator in Jill's honour. However due to the efforts of Rugby Police B.C. members and Jill's former club mates at the Grange B.C., together with a generous donation from the Cemex Trust, it became apparent that they could afford to buy two defibrillators plus cabinets. As the Rugby Police team play their home games at Oakfield B.C. it was decided to donate the second one to them.

Present at the handing over of the defibrillators was Martin Render, the Chairman of The Community Heartbeat Trust, who gave advice on the purchase of the appropriate defibrillators. During his presentation, he showed how easy it was to use the device as they were designed to be used by lay people, who had had no previous training in their use. He said, "The worse thing you can do with a defibrillator is not to use it, as if you do not the person is likely to die anyway. If the heart still as rhythm then the defibrillator will not allow you to shock the casualty, so do not be frightened to use the device."

Presentation of two defibrillators on Wednesday 6th November 2016

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