Barbara and staff from North West Ambulance attended the opening of the new Irlam Steel Pavilion, which will be used by Irlam Cricket Club and other local sports teams.
At the event, Barbara welcomed the donation by North West Ambulance of an automated external defibrillator for use at the sports pavilion.
The defibrillator works by giving an electric shock through the chest wall in some cases of cardiac arrest, to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm and help combat the problem.
“Fabrice Muamba collapsed during a football match due to a cardiac event and received excellent treatment, including the use of a defibrillator, which saved his life. This has brought home to so many people involved in sport how important it is to have a defibrillator at sports grounds like the new Irlam Steel Pavilion.
“I really welcome the work that North West Ambulance are doing on this issue and thank them for this donation of a defibrillator, which could save a life like that of Muamba.”
Barbara with Andrew Redgrave, Community Engagement Manager and Steven Nicholls, Community Resource Officer for North West Ambulance.