THE new Mayor of East Staffordshire has backed the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.
Ron Clarke revealed that one of his first acts in the role would be to throw his weight behind the bid to get defibrillators installed in every gym and fitness centre in the area.
The first citizen of the borough described the lifesaving machines as ‘vitally important’ and urged all people to get behind the efforts of the campaign.
He said: “I am fully behind this effort and back it 100 per cent and would urge others to do the same.
“This offers up a great opportunity to get defibrillators in as many places as humanly possible and, in the process, potentially save lives.
“One thing I would like to stress is that anyone looking at getting one of these devices could get help by appealing to their borough, district or county council for help in terms of funding.
“Although as councillors our pots of cash are quite small, we could help out in some way.
“If not, we could certainly point people in the right direction on how they can access help.
“I think this is a vital campaign and one that can have a huge impact and make a big difference in the area.”
The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged and fighting for life after suffering a cardiac arrest while working out at a local gym.
It has since been backed by people from across the area including Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths, and several gyms.
A defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again.
A portable defibrillator is specially designed for people with no medical background.