A new defibrillator was formally declared open for community use by the North West Ambulance Service at the Goostrey Sports Pavilion at Booth Bed Lane in Goostrey last week.
At the event, held on Friday 8 June, Robert Sharples, Community Resuscitation Officer at North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said : “I am delighted that North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has been able to supply this defibrillator and cabinet which will be available to the local community 24/7”.
Mr Sharples is pictured with Mrs Sally Ball, a Permanent Trustee of the charity which owns and runs the Sports Field – the Goostrey Village Hall and Playing Fields Foundation – (VHPFF) and also the Membership Secretary.
Sally, with her husband Michael, is a Heartstart trainer providing free Emergency Life Support Courses in the Holmes Chapel & District area, said: “After the VHPFF Trustees had agreed on the need to purchase a defibrillator, we are extremely grateful to the NWAS for their generosity in offering to provide the defibrillator and cabinet for use at the Sports Field.”
The NWAS contribution has also released funds for another part of the Goostrey community. £600 towards the cost of the defibrillator had been raised at the Simon West Memorial Football Match held in May 2017, but when the offer from NWAS was received, Simon Weston’s widow requested that the money be donated instead to the Goostrey Scout Hut Fund – and this has now been passed on.