On Friday 27th Mary met with Ian Myers and Ian Johnson from Brandon Sports Club to discuss their plans for a fundraising campaign for a community defibrillator for the site.
Mary was also given a tour of the facilities which include a cricket pitch, cricket nets, council football pitches, a boxing gym, and a fantastic club house (with a fantastic assortment of beverages).
Ian Myers explained to Mary that the idea for a fundraising campaign for a defibrillator for the Sports Club came after he had witnessed defibrillators being used in his job as a firefighter and more recently as he watched the events of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at the European Championship this summer. Ian said that as he knew first hand how useful these life-saving pieces of equipment are, it made sense that there was a campaign to fund such a device for Brandon Sports Club.
After having a tour of the ground, Mary was incredibly impressed by the community-centric feel of the club and agreed that a campaign for a defibrillator would be incredibly welcome. Mary’s work over the summer on defibrillators has seen the FA back the Premier League’s funding for some grassroots clubs for defibrillators and has seen a potential change to the refereeing qualification to incorporate emergency first aid.
Mary has also worked closely with the Rotary Club to promote funding available for defibrillators, a campaign which the Rotary Club are running at the moment.
Mary is looking forward to seeing this fantastic community campaign take off and is committed to increasing access to life-saving medical equipment across the constituency.