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Council teams up with Lions Club to pump life into local clubs

08 February 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are delighted to announce a new defibrillator grant programme in partnership with Antrim Lions Club.

Under the scheme, which is now open for applications, sports clubs and community groups within the Borough can apply for 75% funding to purchase a defibrillator.  

The following clubs/groups are eligible to apply:

  1. Local sports clubs/community groups who are based within the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough.
  2. Clubs/community groups who have a minimum of two members AED (Automated External Defibrillator) trained, or who can demonstrate they have members working towards a qualification.
  3. Sport Northern Ireland/National Governing Body recognised clubs or groups registered with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Community Services.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg is delighted to announce this new programme, “The defibrillator scheme is a fantastic opportunity for sports clubs and community groups to apply for this life saving device. We are delighted to work in partnership with Antrim Lions Club, who have committed to fund 50% of the cost of the defibrillator, with Council funding 25%. I would encourage any club or group who do not have access to a defibrillator to apply now.”

John Mooney, President of Antrim Lions Club comments, “This initiative to fund life-saving defibrillators is another example of how we are committed to improving the lives of our local community. There are around 1,400 cardiac arrests occurring each year in Northern Ireland outside of hospitals so it is vital that communities have access to these life-saving devices.”

Applicants can apply online by logging onto www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/residents/Grants-Funding

Closing date for applications is Thursday 31 March 2016.

For further information please contact Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

T. 028 9446 3113

E. [email protected]

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg and John Mooney, President of Antrim Lions Club launching the new defibrillator grant scheme. They are pictured with Noreen Fitzpatrick from Antrim Forum who is demonstrating the use of the defibrillator.