Life-saving equipment has been presented for public use by Uckfield Lions to Maresfield Recreation Ground.
A defibrillator – which gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest – has been sited on the outside of the football club premises where it can be easily accessed by all users of the recreation ground.
Users include members of football, bowls, stoolball and cricket clubs and people relaxing on the field or using the play area facilities.
In accepting the defibrillator on behalf of users of the ground chairman Graham Prince and treasurer John Mason said that in the last two years they had experienced two users of the field having heart attacks. One of them died and they would have benefitted if the defibrillator had been available then.
Lions president Steve Leonard said that at £1,200 the unit cost was cheap at the price if it saved only one life.
He said the Lions initiative had been made possible with the help and advice of the First Responders Unit, who the Lions also support.
The machine is totally compatible with the units used by the NHS and the Ambulance Service.
It is fail-safe and designed to be used by anyone without any training or experience. It tells users what to do stage by stage and will not operate if it senses even the faintest heartbeat.
Pubs and customers boost Lions funds
Uckfield Lions enlisted the help of 20 pubs and their customers to raise £1,200 towards a new cancer unit at Pevensey Ward at Eastbourne District General Hospital.
The effort was part of a Lions campaign to provide facilities to make treatment for cancer sufferers in this part of Sussex a little more comfortable.
Twenty specially-made extra-large decorated luxury chocolate Easter Eggs, emblazoned with the name Uckfield Lions, were raffled in the pubs.
The Lions said afterwards: “We give you all a huge thank you. Once again you have proved the enormous charitable heart of the people of this area.”