Community gains life-saving equipment

9 August 2019 - Latest news

A community run sports centre has been able to purchase a defibrillator thanks to funding from our community grant scheme.

Crook Community Leisure Centre has been able to provide the potentially lifesaving equipment for the hundreds of people who use the fitness facilities each week. The £1,300 defibrillator has been part funded by believe housing.

The centre, in the Pease’s West area of the town, offers facilities for cycling and running, hosts football tournaments and has a successful gym that caters for all levels of fitness. The team who run the Crook Community Leisure Centre were keen to have a defibrillator on hand that could provide lifesaving assistance to anyone taking part in physical activity there.

A £500 community grant from believe housing helped to cover the costs.

Defibrillators are designed to save lives by delivering a high energy electric shock to the heart of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest. They are being installed in public places throughout the country, but traditionally these have been in urban locations as opposed to community facilities like Crook Community Leisure Centre.

Funding Officer at believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “Having this equipment on site could literally be a lifesaver. And with so many people taking part in physical activities here, it’s the perfect location for a defibrillator.

“Our contribution might only have been a small part of the wider fundraising efforts, but projects like this are exactly why we created our community funding programme.”

John Winter from Crook Community Leisure Centre said: “We are delighted to be able to have a defibrillator onsite. Crook Community Leisure is open at least 93 hours each week. In addition to our gym members we offer a variety of classes and community activities. The free ton-up challenge has 158 active users of all ages. We have the reassurance that, if needed, the defibrillator is onsite. A big thank you to believe housing for the £500 contribution, the remainder of the money was provided by Crook Community Leisure.”

Full details of the believe housing community grant programme are available here.

The scheme provides funds of up to £500 and is designed to help new groups take their first steps as well as supporting longstanding organisations. The application process has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school is eligible for the scheme.

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