BOSSES at Burton Albion Community Trust have decided to back the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.
Andy Taylor, community development manager at the trust, got behind efforts to get defibrillators installed in gyms, fitness centres and schools across the area.
The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged when he suffered a cardiac arrest while he was working out at a local gym.
Mr Taylor said: “As a community trust, we have been working with KC Trust run by Paul Calladine who is a volunteer on our trip to Ghana to purchase a defibrillator to be used across our programmes.
“The health and safety of all of our participants whatever their age has to be at the centre of our thoughts all of the time.
“Having more defibrillators across schools and community venues would assist this due to our outreach work in the community.”
Mr Taylor spoke about his work with Paul Calladine, who lost his father Keith in 2012 to heart problems and decided to set up the KC Trust in his honour to try to install defibrillators in schools, sports centres and villages so that emergency treatment could be given to those who suffer a cardiac arrest in the shortest possible time.
So far, the Tutbury fund-raiser has put four defibrillators in place and has funding secured for 10 more since launching his own campaign.
He is still urging all gyms and fitness centre to install one of the lifesaving devices.
He said: “I think there are a lot of myths surrounding the devices but I want to stress to people that they are easy to use and, if someone does need to be treated by one, the machines are designed so that they will not work unless needed.
“We need to make defibrillators as common as fire extinguishers.
The campaign has now been backed by former footballer Fabrice Muamba, MPs in Burton and South Derbyshire and a host of schools, gyms and charities in the area.