The Richmond Heavies Foundation Defibrillator Fund aims to provide defibrillators to rugby clubs and communities who cannot afford this lifesaving device.
Richmond rugby club has personal experience of how valuable defibrillators can be.
The Foundation is focused on heart screening and cardio health awareness, so this is a natural extension of that objective.
Awareness of heart conditions in both the young and the old, and their susceptibility to cardiac arrest, is a threat which has been mitigated by the development of defibrillators. It’s not just for the world of sport that these miracles of technology have been invented, and, although our fund is specific to that environment, we obviously appreciate that there is a wider awareness programme to consider, and intend to find ways to broaden our offer.
The Foundation has raised money specifically to provide defibrillators to clubs that cannot afford it. Partnering with Community Heartbeatin the distribution and maintenance of The Defibrillators, the first round of applications have been received. We will distribute 15 defibrillators in February, with a further 15 to follow in September.
Further information will follow on how to apply to the fund, when it re-opens for applications later on in the year.
In September 2021 we have a team of 10 cyclists riding from Lands End to John O’Groats in the Ride Across Britain, raising more money for defibrillators and The Foundation. If you are in a position to support them in any way, please get in touch.
“The foundation is committed to a long term programme of screening for all players and members of Richmond over the age of 14”
“This opportunity is one of a kind really, the fact that players don’t have to pay for it is invaluable”
Richmond Women’s Chair
“Richmond are going to lead the way on this, hopefully other clubs will follow”
“As rugby players we are meant to be big strong and nothing really hurts us, but mental health effects everyone”
Kirsty Lee Griffith
Richmond Women’s Player
“There are many reasons to support the foundation, not only are you helping to save lives but you're making it a safer and better place to play”
“without screening you just never know, its very important, its brilliant work what the Richmond Heavies are doing, I’m glad to be part of it”
“it’s a magnificent club and the foundation is a wonderful testament to the way Richmond behaves, it’s fantastic and I’m very proud”
Richmond Heavies Player
“makes me feel valued, makes me feel that I’m loved and welcomed at the club”
Richmond Men’s Player
“it is a blueprint, not just for clubs but communities”
England Rugby Player
“mental health is an area which is so missed and not appreciated how much it is needed in this environment, its amazing what they are doing here”
England Rugby Player
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