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Lifesaving kit for Sunderland heart patient group

Christine Thompson and Barry Cook from the Sunderland Cardiac Support Group are presenter with the defibrilator from John Leedley from Durham Freemasons.

Christine Thompson and Barry Cook from the Sunderland Cardiac Support Group are presenter with the defibrilator from John Leedley from Durham Freemasons.

MEMBERS of a city health group will have life-saving equipment close by, following a generous funding boost.

Sunderland Cardiac Support, which helps people who have suffered from heart scares or continue to battle heart conditions, now have a defibrilator to take to their meetings.

The group, who hold a number of exercises classes every week, have been given the equipment following a grant from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The total was also boosted by Durham Freemasons Benevolent Fund, who handed over £500.

Group secretary Barry Cook told the Echo: “We applied for a grant from the British Heart Foundation and then Durham Freemasons have donated too, so now we have the defibrilator.

“We’re really pleased to have one with us.”

Barry, of Barnes, added that the defibrilator will now provide peace of mind to the group’s members.

“There was a defibrilator at Crowtree Leisure Centre when we used to hold meetings there,” he said.

“Hopefully, we’ll never have to use this one, but we did at one of the classes when we were at Crowtree after one man went into cardiac arrest.

“Using the defibrilator we managed to pull him round and that just shows how much of a life-saver they are.

“They are fail safe.”

Members of the support group are now undergoing training sessions into how to use the kit.

Sunderland Cardiac Support Group meets at Bede Tower in Sunderland for exercise classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12.15pm.

For more details, call Barry on 565 6892.

 

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