Cardiac Science UK has donated a Powerheart G5 AED to Burnage Rugby Club in Heaton Mersey.
The new G5 AED will be sited at the club’s Varley Park ground to protect staff, players and visitors and will offer protection to the surrounding businesses on the Heaton Mersey Business Park and members of the club.
It will also be on hand for the wider community who use the rugby club for events such as the Saturday morning Respect League football, American and Gaelic football, and the regular car boot sales and nearby companies on the business park.
The AED has been installed in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service.
The Ambulance Service is aware of the location and availability of the defibrillator and can divert members of the public towards the AED during an emergency call.
Cardiac Science will also provide ongoing support to the club, who now have two AEDs, one for at home and for when they go on tour.
Cardiac Science Managing Director, Shaun Ingram, said: “We are delighted to be able to donate a defibrillator to Burnage Rugby Club. It will also provide peace of mind for local businesses and visitors to the club’s many activities.
“It’s great to hear that the club can now take a defib away on games and tours, and with the club being just a stone’s throw away from us here at Cardiac Science, we will be able to provide support whenever it’s needed.”
Burnage Rugby Club General Manager, Paul Moss, added: “I hope we never have need of the new defibrillator, but should we have an emergency, we now have the opportunity to save a life, thanks to Cardiac Science’s generosity.”
The previous defibrillator was donated by the North West Ambulance Service following the death of promising 19-year-old flanker Josh Merrick, who sadly passed away in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition while on a work trip to Glasgow with his father Andrew in 2013.
The club now works alongside The Josh Merrick Memorial Fund, set up by the teenager’s family and friends, to host social and sporting events to raise money for charity, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).