Life-saving defibrillator in Newport will help give school and sports clubs peace of mind

PUBLISHED: 11:47 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 28 March 2018

Duncan Roberts, vice principal at Joyce Frankland Academy, Paul Dyster, group head of HSE at Hill, and Dominic Crabb, under 11s lead coach at Wendens Ambo Mini RFC. Picture: Philip Mynott

Duncan Roberts, vice principal at Joyce Frankland Academy, Paul Dyster, group head of HSE at Hill, and Dominic Crabb, under 11s lead coach at Wendens Ambo Mini RFC. Picture: Philip Mynott

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Wenden’s Ambo Mini Rugby Club has been a gifted a new defibrillator unit by house building company Hill, one of the club’s main sponsors.

The unit has been placed at Joyce Frankland Academy, in Newport, where the teams, which span from under 6s to under 12s, regularly play.

Fitted next to the school’s playing field and the club’s pavilion, the rugby club, the school and other sports clubs that use the facilities will also be able to benefit from the combined donation.

The defibrillator sits in a metal box donated to the school by the rugby club, funded partly from a grant secured by Dom Crabb, of Wendens Ambo Mini RFC, from a Stansted Airport community fund, and from its own funds.

Paul Dyster, group head of health, safety and environment at Hill, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide Wendens Ambo Mini Rugby Club and the Joyce Frankland Academy with a donation that could ultimately save someone’s life.

“The club’s values align perfectly with our own ambitions as a firm to inspire the next generation and so are pleased, that with this defibrillator, we are able to aid in the children’s safety whilst on the field.”

Andy Hutchison, of Wendens Ambo Mini Rugby Club, said: “The safety and welfare of our players is of the utmost importance to us, and, as one of our main sponsors, it is extremely positive to see that Hill understands and also shares this belief.

“We want to thank them for this donation and for their continued support. I thank the continued and inspiring efforts of all those who are involved with this blossoming club.”

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