Newcastle United Foundation is backing a campaign to tackle the UK's biggest killer.
Hearts and Goals is aiming to place defibrillators (AED's) into grassroots football clubs as possible to prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.
Fabrice Muamba Hearts and Goals Ambassador owes his life to the AED when he suffered SCA on the pitch during a match in 2012. 12 children die every week in the UK due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), usually during a sporting activity. 100,000 people die every year in the UK from SCA, it is our biggest killer claiming more than lung and breast cancer combined.
Sisters-in-law Christine Stephenson and Kelly Best were personally affected by SCA and began fundraising for the project earlier in the year. They have successfully placed eight in the North East with several more to follow in the next few months.
New Fordley FC, Christine and Kelly's local team attended the first team training ground for a session with Newcastle United Foundation and were presented with their own AED. An AED on site dramatically increases your chance of survival from as low as 3% with CPR only to over 50%. Anyone can use an AED, they are fully automated and will only shock if SCA is detected by the defibrillator.
The IPAD AED's are state of the art and at the flick of a switch can change between child and adult, no fuss changing pads as every minute is crucial during the onset of SCA. SCA does not discriminate between age or gender and commonly affects athletes.
Any team in the Northumberland FA Pinpoint League can claim £100 towards fundraising for their own defibrillatorgenerously donated by Pinpoint Recruitment themselves.
More info can be found at www.heartsandgoals.org