BOROUGH mayor Brian Jones has presented the EPIC leisure centre and Neston Recreation Centre with life-saving defibrillators.
He was joined by Linda Hannah, whose family ran the Alloa Half Marathon in 2003 in memory of her late brother Malcolm. One of the defibrillators is dedicated to his name.
Cllr Jones and Miss Hannah handed over the defibrillators at the EPIC on behalf of the British Heart Foundation's South Wirral branch.
Also there was a former mayor, Cllr Myles Hogg, who had nominated the BHF as his charity of the year during his time in office.
Graham Cox, chairman of the BHF South Wirral branch, said: 'I am pleased we have been able to provide the EPIC and Neston with these life-saving machines.
'I know their trained staff will make great use of them in saving lives.
'A great deal of effort has gone into fundraising for this equipment and we are very grateful to everyone who has been involved.'
Every minute that elapses after a cardiac arrest reduces the chance of recovery by 10%. After eight minutes, there is virtually no chance at all.
To keep a patient alive, emergency life support - cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth - must be started immediately after the heart stops. But only a defibrillator can re-start an arrested heart.
The BHF has been providing hospitals and the community with defibrillators for many years now.
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