Life-savers

Lytham Lions president David Shaw with Michelle Robinson, practice nurse at the Fernback Clinic, Lytham and a defibrillator
Lytham Lions president David Shaw with Michelle Robinson, practice nurse at the Fernback Clinic, Lytham and a defibrillator

FUND-RAISERS are eagerly shaping up for their biggest charity push yet in a bid is to save young lives.

As reported in the Express earlier this month, Lytham Lions want to raise £10,000 at their Swimarathon event next month so they can fund the equipping of all Fylde’s secondary schools with defibrillators.

The need for the vital equipment being readily available was highlighted earlier this year when Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup tie.

The Lions have been touched by the bid by the Liverpool-based Oliver King Foundation – named after a 12-year-old Merseyside boy who died suddenly – to have defibillators made available in all public buildings, including schools, throughout the country.

There have also been tragic instances of Fylde youngsters – such as teenager Luke Rutter – suddenly collapsing and dying and the Lions initiative has been welcomed by school head teachers, including Philip Wood, of Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College, which Luke attended.

Mr Wood said: “Governors have wanted a defibrillator here for some time and we applaud the Lions for their efforts to make this a reality.”

The machines, which cost around £1,000 each, give the heart a controlled electrical shock during a cardiac arrest to restore a normal heat rhythm.

Lions president David Shaw said: “Nationally we understand that there are as many as 12 fatalities per week recorded, where the availability of this type of equipment might have produced a different outcome.”

The Swimarathon takes place at St Annes’ YMCA Swimming Pool on Sunday, January 27 and further details are available from organiser Joe Woods on (01772) 679766.