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A vital grant from the RALPHH charity has enabled Cransley Sailing Club to install defibrillation equipment just outside its clubhouse on the bank of the beautiful Great Cransley Reservoir near Kettering, Northants.

Housed in an eye=catching weatherproof and secure case, it has been installed on what is also part of path much favoured by walkers and cyclists. The new addition to the Club’s facilities was officially launched at an event attended by Richard Allen, Chairman of the RALPHH national charity and the Mayor of Kettering Councillor Emily Fedorowycz at Cransley Sailing Club’s popular open day, encouraging more local people to take up sailing.

Cransley has become only the second sailing club in the country to benefit from a RALPHH grant, with the remaining cost being raised from club members. The defibrillator has been registered with both national and local databases and within its casing is designed to withstand significant temperature changes. It is one of the key priorities of RALPHH to help raise the number of defibrillators in sporting locations. The charity was originally inspired by the death of Robert Allen, a former National Schools’ Rowing Champion.

Cransley Sailing Club was formed in 1967 and today has over 250 members with a strong family orientation. The reservoir is also used for sailing lessons for a local school; sea cadets and for life saving training, as well as canoeing and sail boarding.

“A defibrillator is something you never want to use but you only need it once for it to be worthwhile and save a life,” said Cransley Sailing Club Commodore Sue Bull.

Pictured together at the launch are The Mayor of Kettering; Richard Allen from RALPHH and Sue Bull.

A second picture shows Sue Baker from the Maritime Volunteer services and also a Royal Yachting Association Instructor, running a demonstration on how to use a defibrillator being watched by members of the public who included the principals from the earlier presentation.


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