Life-saving equipment is now ready to use in one of Glasgow's leading leisure centres thanks to a groundbreaking new partnership between Glasgow Life and British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.
A total of 33 members of staff at the Glasgow Club Tollcross have been fully trained in the use of defibrillators, which are used to restart a person's heart when they suffer cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest happens when the heart stops pumping or when it quivers 'fibrillates' causing the person to collapse.
The initiative is part of BHF Scotland's £100,000 Saving Lives in Glasgow appeal, which, in conjunction with the Scottish Ambulance Service, aims to site defibrillators in key locations across the city. The Glasgow Club Tollcross is the first of Glasgow Life’s 24 leisure centres to receive the life-saving machines.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: "Glasgow already has some of the best and safest leisure centres in the country and this initiative is a significant addition to the world-class services we provide. This is just the latest in a long line of additions at the Glasgow Club Tollcross with a number of further improvements planned ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games."
BHF Scotland's local Fundraising Volunteer Manager, Carole Nicol, said: "We are delighted to be working with Glasgow Life, which has key locations where it’s important for us to place defibrillators to help make Glasgow a safer place for its people and its visitors. And we need to raise more funds to be able to do this."
To donate or find out more about raising funds for BHF Scotland, please contact Carol Nicol on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0141 954 8542.
The Glasgow Club Tollcross is set to be transformed later this year as part of the new £13.7million Tollcross Aquatics Centre being built for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Preliminary work is already underway, with the wet side facilities set to close in October. The rest of the centre, including the fitness suite and games hall, will close in mid December.
When it reopens in the spring of 2013 the all new Glasgow Club Tollcross will boast two 50 metre swimming pools; one of the biggest gyms in the city with well over 100 pieces of equipment, a refurbished games hall, brand new dance studio, as well as a range of function spaces.