Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, has visited Buxted Football Club to support their Chairman’s plea for new defibrillator, after their kit was vandalised recently.
Shortly after this vital equipment was used to save a footballer’s life on the pitch of the Euro 2020 match, two people were caught on CCTV last week, ruthlessly vandalising a defibrillator at Buxted Football Club. The footage has been widely shared and a 17-year-old boy has since been released on bail for causing criminal damage. South East Coast Ambulance have kindly loaned a temporary replacement, but a fundraising appeal has been launched to purchase a new one and raise awareness about how to use the equipment.
Nusrat was joined by the Leader of Wealden District Council, Bob Standley and met with Buxted FC Chairman Richard Turner to learn more about the fundraiser. Buxted FC have received many kind offers for donation of new defibrillator, but the wall box still needs repairing. The Club would also like to turn the incident into a positive and to run a series of public training sessions to highlight the importance of defibrillators, train CPR and the safe use of the AED. They are looking for assistance from the public to cover these costs. If you’d like to support Buxted FC, please donate via the fundraising page HERE.
Buxted FB are hoping to host a charity match on Saturday 7 August. Anyone is welcome to join!
Nusrat Ghani said: “This mindless act of vandalism is sickening. I’m pleased that due to the tremendous response and support from the public, Sussex Police were able to identify the culprit promptly. Buxted FC are a great local Club and I’m pleased that they’re turning this awful experience into a fantastic opportunity to educate the public on the importance of this life-saving equipment. In rural communities like ours where professional help may be a while away, it is absolutely vital that we know how to use a defibrillator in time of need. If you can, please support Buxted FC in reaching their fundraising goal.”