With over 1,000 community rugby clubs in England, our goal is that no club should be without a defibrillator due to lack of funds.
Our Defibrillator Fund has been set up to provide defibrillators to community rugby clubs who cannot afford this life-saving device.
The frightening images of Christian Eriksen receiving life-saving care on the pitch at the recent Euros in front of a global TV audience have highlighted the stark reality that without the timely intervention of trained people with a working defibrillator lives will be lost.
This support is standard procedure for most elite sporting events, but the sad fact is within the community game lives are lost every year due to sudden cardiac events. With over 1,000 community rugby clubs in England, we believe no club should be without a defibrillator due to lack of funds.
To view the rugby clubs and communities who have received a defibrillator or are due to receive one, please click here.
Thanks to the extraordinarily efforts of Rupert Allhusen, who in September 2020 became the first front row forward to successfully swim the English Channel, we have so far supplied defibs to 15 community rugby clubs from 13 different counties across England. You can read more about Rupert’s epic swim here.
In September 2021, ten members of the Richmond Heavies Foundation family are setting off on the gruelling challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats. They hope to raise enough money to satisfy around 30 more community rugby clubs around the country with a defib. You can read more about the team’s mammoth cycling adventure here.
The Foundation intends not just to provide the defibrillator but ensure it will be managed and maintained. To that end it has found the ideal distribution and maintenance partner in Community HeartBeat Trust, the UK’s leading defibrillator charity who have pioneered a governance-led approach to ensure the defibrillator:
is ready 99.99% of the time
protects the end user
meets the various liability requirements
Whilst our family of ordinary people doing remarkable things will continue to raise money to support our goal, the reality is to achieve it we recognise will need help. We are open to partnership opportunities. Please contact us for further details.
“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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