Lifesavers on their way to Ingleton

Craven Wanderers Junior Football Club, some of their coaches and some members of Ingleton's Save A life committee. Glyn Barnes is the fifth adult on the left at the back.
Craven Wanderers Junior Football Club, some of their coaches and some members of Ingleton's Save A life committee. Glyn Barnes is the fifth adult on the left at the back.

Ingleton now has the money to install eight lifesaving defibrillators thanks to the hard work and dedication of many of the villagers.

The latest defibrillator is by the main door of the village primary school, where it serves the children and staff at the school and is also easily accessible to the Craven Wanderers football team, who play on the school pitch at the weekend.

This particular project was started by Glyn Barnes, after he attended a charity golf tournament which was raising money to put defibrillators in schools.

He was prompted to start fundraising after learning the shocking statistic that 12 young people under the age of 35 die each week in the UK from Sudden Arrythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

Glyn raised money through local businesses and sponsors, and the rest of the money was put in by Craven Wanderers Football Club committee and its members.

This defibrillator is part of the Ingleton’s Save A Life defibrillator project, whose aim is “to have an effective community of people in Ingleton who are able to resuscitate in a cardiac arrest situation.”

To date enough money has been raised to put eight defibrillators around the parish of Ingleton, and the group is also holding monthly training sessions at the community centre in Ingleton where project co-ordinator Laraine Sullivan teaches the basics of resuscitation and defibrillator awareness.

These sessions can be booked through the community centre, with the next ones on November 3 and December 10 and 12 more to follow in 2016.

The Save A Life committee has worked with many clubs and businessess in the village to ensure the important message – to call 999, start CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and apply a defibrillator – gets to as many people as possible.

The youngsters pictured are part of the Craven Wanderers team who, on one Saturday afternoon after training, went out with their parents and hand delivered more than 1,500 leaflets about the project to every house in the Ingleton area.

Both householders and businesses have been very generous with their time, expertise and donations, which is what has enabled to committee to purchase eight rather than the original five defibrillators they envisaged.

The committee has also worked very closely with SADS UK (www.sadsuk.org), the British Heart Foundation (www.bhf.org.uk) and Yorkshire Ambulance Service, who have all offered advice and support along the way.