Rod was inspired to organize fundraising after seeing a defibrillator saving a man’s life in Marlborough Leisure Centre Gym.
Rod told Marlborough Newsonline, “I witnessed it happening. He just fell to the floor. I rushed out to the reception and called for the crash team. They were amazing. They used the defibrillator and were able to resuscitate him.”
Another member of the 1871 Club, Hadden Graham, told Marlborough News that he “ had collapsed and died while refereeing a rugby match in 2008.” A defibrillator saved him.
According to the British Heart Foundation, there are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. Around 30,000 are discovered in time to save the victim’s life. Early defibrillation, whereby a controlled electric shock is administered to the heart muscle, can be crucial.
Money for the defibrillator was raised through a Rugby Club Fun Day and from donations by members of the 1871 Club. The 1871 Club’s primary aim is to provide funds for the development of junior rugby. Its members have all either played for the club and/or have contributed to the club’s development. They share a passion for rugby and want to support its development in Marlborough. New members are always welcome.
Currently, the thriving junior section has more than 265 young people (boys and girls) playing and training every Sunday on the club’s grounds on Marlborough Common. Marlborough Rugby Football Club’s adult team is playing as part of the Southern Counties League for the second season running with some considerable success.
“With so many adults and young people involved, I just felt it was essential that the Club should have its own defibrillator,” Rod told Marlborough News.
The 1871 Club’s next project may involve raising money to enhance the changing room facilities and to provide changing facilities for the ever increasing number of girls participating in the junior section.
The Club is always looking for volunteers who could coach the juniors, man the road crossings, help behind the bar.
There are many different volunteer opportunities on offer. To find out more go to : www.marlboroughrugbyclub.co.uk