Whitley Bay club nets lifesaving equipment for community

A sporting club has netted a vital piece of life-saving equipment thanks to a successful fundraising event.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 9:30 am
Deputy headteacher Andy Sherlaw, Whitley Bay High School pupil and U15’s WBSC player Ellis, and WBSC coach Rob Stringer.

Whitley Bay Sporting Club raised more than £7,000 at a 24-hour football fundraising event.

And officials are using the money to fund a number of defibrillators to be housed at local schools, with the aim of benefitting the wider local community.

Club chairman Rob Nixon said: “We’re very aware of the importance of having access to life-saving equipment, so our aim with the funds raised from the event was to place defibrillators outdoors at the local schools we use, not only for the benefit of our teams who play there, but also for the wider community who also use these facilities.”

The first defibrillator is now in place at Whitley Bay High School.

Deputy headteacher Andy Sherlaw said: “Whitley Bay High School is delighted to support Whitley Bay Sporting Club in positioning a defibrillator within the sporting area of the school.

“This will provide our students and community users with an essential piece of first aid equipment in case of an emergency.

“We are very grateful for the work the club has done to secure this life-saving equipment.”

A spokesperson at Whitley Bay Sporting Club added: “And this is just the start.

“It’s not only Whitley Bay High School who will benefit – Whitley Bay Sporting Club are already in the final stages of placing the remaining defibrillators at local North Tyneside schools, and hope to have them all installed and accessible in the very near future.”