A lifesaving first aid device has been installed near sports fields in Great Cornard thanks to the fund-raising efforts of a youth football club.
The new defibrillator is located in a secure cabinet on the wall of the Cornard United clubhouse, guarded by CCTV.
A defibrillator is an important bit of first aid kit that helps diagnose heart attacks and other cardiac problems and can provide a surge of electricity to restart a heart in emergencies.
The location on Blackhouse Lane has been chosen because it is a spot where a lot of people exercise.
Not only is it home to Cornard United Football Club but adjacent playing fields are used by almost 200 young players from Cornard Dynamos Youth Football Club.
The weekly park run also takes place here while the area is popular with dog walkers and families.
Funds for the device was raised through several fund-raising football matches between parents of the children at Cornard Dynamos.
The British Heart Foundation also gave a grant towards the cost of the machine while Great Cornard Parish Council contributed towards the cost of the secure cabinet.
The man behind the initiative, Dynamos’ manager Mark Arnold, said he decided to work towards securing a defibrillator for the community after he attended an emergency first aid course run by Suffolk FA.
He added: “Considering the number of people who use this area for sport and exercise this is an important piece of kit that could save the life of someone.
“God forbid it ever needs to be used, but it’s a great asset for the club and the local community. A big sincere thanks to everyone who helped to raise the funds for this vital piece of equipment.”
Statistics show if a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest survival chances increase from 6 per cent to 74 per cent.