FLEET SPURS FOOTBALL CLUB TURN A CHANGING ROOM INTO A SECURE PUBLIC ACCESS SITE FOR THEIR NEW LIFESAVING DEFIBRILLATOR
Shelagh, Kierin and Johanne are delight that Fleet Spurs Football Club now has its own defibrillator and cannot think of a more fitting memory to Michael Gurrie.
We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations, it means a lot to us knowing we have been able to achieve this.
With the increasing awareness of the importance of placing defibrillators in public places, along with continued reports of lives being saved by them, Fleet Spurs Football Club have raised funds to invest in a potentially lifesaving defibrillator and they have made it accessible to the local community.
They have converted a changing room at the club into a place to securely house the defibrillator meaning that it is readily available to players, supporters, visitors and the community to Fleet Spurs grounds in Kennels Lane 24/7.
A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock, only when it is required, in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called defibrillation and can save lives. When someone has a cardiac arrest, early access to CPR defibrillation is essential to significantly increase the chance of survival. According to the British Heart Foundation, for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.
Inspired by Fabrice Muamba’s survival from sudden cardiac arrest, Michael Gurrie who at the time was the clubhouse manager said it should be mandatory that every sports facility had a defibrillator so when he passed away suddenly in December last year his wife Shelagh, son Kierin and daughter Johanne decided to raise money for a defibrillator in his memory. With the full support and backing of his family, friends, the club committee, members and supporters they have been able to achieve this.
Shelagh Gurrie, FSMO at Fleet Spurs said: My husband was passionate about the club and the people in it and if the defibrillator can save one life it will be worth every penny spent.
Bryan Sheppard, Club Chairman of Fleet Spurs Senior Section said: This is a wonderful opportunity for Fleet Spurs to give something back to the community, in the memory of a wonderful person Michael Gurrie. Michael was such a calming influence, he was a father figure to all of us, and this defibrillator ensures his memory lives on, not only in the hearts of the people that knew him, but everybody that it potentially helps.
Kierin Gurrie, Chairman of Fleet Spurs Youth Section said: My father was a footballer lover; he would watch any game, anytime and he was a firm favourite with our youth players at the club. He was convinced that this kind of life saving equipment should be readily available at all sports facilities and had discussed it many times with my sister Johanne and I after the harrowing Fabrice Muwamba collapse. He would be delighted to know that his memory will be served by this equipment and the youth section are delighted that, if needed in an emergency, a defibrillator will now be available for use to them and to anyone that uses Kennels Lane.
The device that has been purchased is called the , which stands for Intelligent Public Access Defibrillator. The iPAD SP1 is a nominated device of the British Heart Foundation. It is also widely used and placed Nationwide by the NHS Ambulance Service. It is designed so that it can be used by minimally trained people, using a series of voice prompts and illuminated illustrations to guide a rescuer through what to do step by step until medical help arrives.
What’s more is the defibrillator has been supplied by a local business, WEL Medical, who represents the Manufacturer of the iPAD defibrillators in the UK.
Ian Pearse, Company Director of WEL Medical, said:
“We are genuinely passionate about placing lifesaving equipment. To be able to do this locally is a privilege. Having had a cardiac event myself, I feel everyone needs to be kept safe even if they are perceived to be ‘fit and healthy’. Fleet Spurs is my local club and whilst we sincerely hope the defibrillator is never used, it is reassuring to know players and visitors are safe.”