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A partnership between Huntingdon Boat Club and national charity RALPHH has resulted in

defibrillation equipment being installed in the Club Boathouse.

RALPHH continues to be active across England Wales in encouraging the improved availability of potentially life-saving equipment and the new addition at Huntingdon is very close to an area of the Great Ouse River which attracts not only rowers but also young people on khaki and sail boards, as well as some swimmers.

Huntingdon was established as a rowing club in 1854 and currently has 120 members, who range from age 12. It has its own gym and a junior section which draws interest from students at both St Peter’s and Hinchingbrooke schools It successfully competes in differing boat sizes in competitions held as far afield as Birmingham, Ironbridge and Evesham. Most of the members are very local, drawn from a six-mile radius of the town.

“We are delighted to be able to provide a defibrillator for such a well-run club,” said Richard Allen, Chairman of RALPHH. “As well as this attractive stretch of the river the nearby green spaces are popular with families and those having picnics. We hope the defibrillator never needs to be used but it is an additional safeguarding measure that should be welcomed by anyone making use of such attractive local facilities.”

Established in 2018, following the untimely death of a National Schools’ Rowing Champion, RALPHH has been able to help over 30 sporting clubs and schools install and manage defibrillation equipment, with an emphasis on rowing and other strenuous sports.

Pictured left to right are: Member Claire Dovey with her junior member daughter Isabella; Club Chairman Ian Rickerby; and Paul Adair, Club Captain.


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