Triathlon England affiliated clubs can now access a defibrillator at a reduced cost and free life-saving training thanks to a new partnership between Triathlon England and charity London Hearts, who specialise in helping to roll out defibrillators across the UK.
The new partnership will not only allow affiliated clubs to purchase a defibrillator at a discounted rate, but they will also have access to free training on how to use the equipment and carry out CPR, as well as receive ongoing support.
Through the offer, clubs will benefit from discounts on the packages offered by London Hearts, which start from £695 with the discount and can be viewed here.
All packages include a dual functioning defibrillator suitable for both adults and children, online training for club members and parents, an eight-year warranty, a set of pads and a responder kit with additional options of adding a mobile defibrillator backpack.
London Hearts, who have up to £300 available in funding per club, can also assist clubs in finding additional funding that may be available.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest and is an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.
With the effective and speedy delivery of treatment, research has found the chances of survival can be raised to 70 percent, but this requires CPR and also the use of a defibrillator.
Andy Salmon, Triathlon England CEO, said: “It’s not an exaggeration to say that having access to a defibrillator could potentially be life-saving to someone at your club or within your community, so I’d encourage all clubs to make the most of this partnership with London Hearts.
“Participant safety is central to swim, bike, run activities and, while we all hope we will never be in a situation where the use of a defibrillator is needed, having a defibrillator could make all the difference.”
Kimberley Lloyd, Senior Operations Manager at London Hearts, added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Triathlon England on this campaign, it is a fantastic initiative, clubs will be able to make defibrillators mobile which is essential as they could be out at any location which might not be close to another defibrillator.”
For further details on how to apply for a defibrillator, please visit https://londonhearts.org/triathlon-england.
Clubs can find out more about affiliating with Triathlon England here.