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Pictured left to right with the River Witham in the background are: James Sockell, Chairman of Lincoln Rowing Centre; Richard Allen from RALPHH; Ellen Chapman, Club Welfare Officer; and Club President, John Dyer.

A link between Lincoln Rowing Club and the national charity RALPHH has seen a portable defibrillator now being on hand to assist club users in the event of a health emergency.

Gifted by an anonymous commercial company to RALPHH, the pre-owned equipment has in turn been given to Lincoln Rowing Club, based on the bank of the River Witham. In fine working order, the defibrillator has the flexibility to be taken by the Club to regattas and other events, when not in its permanent position inside the Clubhouse.

Formed in 2006, Lincoln Rowing Club has 300 members, ranging in age from 11-72. It is based in a converted pump house, which art one time supported a local power station. As well as members – who could have the opportunity to row from Lincoln to Boston – the facilities are popular with Lincoln University students.

Speaking at the handover of the potentially life- saving equipment, Richard Allen Chairman of RALPHH said; “We are most grateful to a major commercial supporter who has provided us with several pre-owned defibrillators in very good condition for us to gift these to clubs with foresight, such as at Lincoln. I do hope that other clubs in rowing and other sports follow this example and make contact with us. We will always try to help in making more defibrillators available at amateur sport locations.”

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