Cash boost to help fund defibrillator for Preston cricket club

Grant: County Coun Keith Sedgewick
Grant: County Coun Keith Sedgewick
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A cricket club in Preston has been given funding towards the cost of a defibrillator.

County Coun Keith Sedgewick, who represents Preston North East, considered and approved a local member grant for £400 to Fulwood and Broughton Cricket Club towards the equipment.

A statement from the club said: “The defibrillator will provide additional and potentially life-saving first aid facilities for those participating in and watching cricket at the club, but in addition, as it will be sited on the outside of the building, it will be accessible to all members of the public within easy reach of the ground.”

The club has applied for a total of £1,180 to cover the cost of the equipment, and is awaiting a decision from two other county councillors for the rest of the funds.

A statement said: “If the application is unsuccessful in full or in part, the balance of the funding will be raised from internal club funding or club reserves.

“The club is committed to completing this project.”

Meanwhile, County Coun George Wilkins, who represents Preston Rural, approved and considered a local member grant for £200 to Whitechapel Recreation Hall towards the cost of a defibrillator.

The organisation plans to fit a public access defibrillator, which will cost a total of £1,000, with the rest of the funding being applied for elsewhere.