A new charity was launched at Leyland Cricket Club last week which aims to give life-saving defibrillators to sports clubs and community organisations.

Defibrillators 4 Sport, was launched at the Fox Lane Sports Club is the brainchild of local fundraiser Keith McIntosh.

He works in sports health and safety and is acutely aware of the need to promote the use of defibrillators in the community.

He said: “The high profile case of Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba last year brought the issues of sudden cardiac arrest and the response to a much wider audience.

“It’s something we have been concerned about for a long time and I am passionate about this cause.”

At the launch evening, invited representatives from local sports clubs and organisations welcomed presentations by Cheryl Pickstock from the North West Ambulance Service Chain of Life team, and Bianca Daly from Physio – Control UK Sales Ltd, the leading UK defibrillator supplier.

Host for the evening, John Pallett, Leyland Cricket Club development officer, said: “We’re very keen to be one of the first cricket clubs in the area to have a defibrillator on site. We will ensure as many as possible of our coaches, officials and volunteers are trained.”