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PARTICIPANTS from Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) programme, Golden Goal, have dug deep to help BACT, fundraising money that has led to the purchase of a brand new portable defibrillator.

In August of this year, participants of the programme created a fundraising campaign to raise the £1,000 needed, that has now purchased the equipment to use the equipment across all of BACT’s adult provision.

When the idea first was put forward by a small number of regular Golden Goal participants, others quickly joined to support the initiative, with a liaison group and specific events being set up, to support the campaign and help reach the target amount.

Neil Jenkins, a regular Golden Goal participant and founder member of the group, hosted the first fundraising event, raising £700 from his charity BBQ held at his home. Mr Jenkins knows more than most about the importance of the equipment, having suffered 3 cardiac arrests in the past and needing the support of defibrillators.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall, to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

John Widdowson, BACT Health and Inclusion Manager, said: “We’re extremely grateful to those who have helped us raise funds. Thanks, must go to Neil and the Golden Goal liaison group for their support.

“This is one piece of equipment that were really pleased to have, but also hope that we never have to use it. Having one that staff have at sessions, now means that they can act quickly if it is ever needed!”

To find out more about our Golden Goal sessions or our any of BACT’s programmes, click here.