The Star Gun Club at Malden Rushett, near Leatherhead is the latest sporting venue to benefit from help from the national charity RALPHH.
The Club, which was formed in the early 1970’s and currently has 175 members, now has on-site access to a defibrillator, housed in the clubhouse. Meeting every other Sunday, these sports people contest clay pigeon success among the members as well as taking part in inter-club competitions. The arrangement also includes a colt’s section and the area – close to Chessington World of Adventures – is also favoured by dog walkers and others exploring the countryside outside shotting times.
The RALPHH charity has been at the fore in encouraging more amateur sporting clubs to have defibrillation equipment available, but this is the first time that the charity has worked to assist a gun club. Since its formally incorporation in 2019 RALPHH has operated across the country, raising money from supporters and in many cases, making available grants for clubs to invest in both their members’ and visitors’ safety.
The inspiration for the establishment of the charity was the untimely death from a heart attack of Robert Allen, a former National Schools’ Champion rower at the age of 35. Among those involved in honouring his memory have been commercial companies and others from the worlds of both education and sport. Other partnerships with the charity will take place in the remainder of the summer including those in Norfolk, Kent and Surrey.
Pictured to mark The Star Rifle Club’s acquisition of its defibrillator are: Club Treasurer Keith Free; his wife and fellow committee member Anna-Marie; Ray Cuthbert, Secretary of the Club and Jane Allen, representing the RALPHH (Robert Allen Life Promotion and Healthy Hearts Trust) charity.