Crossfit boss backs heart-start campaign

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pledge to set aside £1m. to help buy defibrillators for public places came as welcome news to a Pendle gym owner.

Thursday, 9th April 2015, 2:58 pm
Mike Rawson and Ginette Corner

Mike Rawson, owner of CrossFit Pendle on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, has already bought this life-saving equipment. And he believes there should be more available in businesses and public places.

Mike, head coach at the gym which opened in June, said: “As far as I’m aware, there is no other defibrillator on the estate, which is quite worrying when you consider its scale and the vast amount of people working here every day.

“We wanted to lead the charge in having our own equipment, and making fellow businesses aware it is here to use, should they need to.”

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Paramedic Ginette Corner is a CrossFit Pendle member who is very much in favour of seeing more defibrillators in public, easy-to-access places.

She said: “If a person goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10% so it is vital resuscitation begins as soon as possible.”