A boxing gym in Sheffield has become ‘one of the first in the country’ to have a defibrillator on hand to help treat people who go into cardiac arrest.
Sheffield Boxing Centre on Burton Street has been donated one of the life-saving machines.
Philips Imaging Systems, which manufactures medical equipment such as MRI machines and scanners, made the donation because employee Greg Webster uses the gym on a regular basis to train.
Glyn Rhodes, who runs the gym, said: “It’s a result. To have a defibrillator is top drawer.
“We must be the first boxing gym in the country to have a defibrillator fitted because of the cost.
“But we are talking about somebody’s life and you can’t put a price on someone’s life.
“When you are training hard like we are it’s great to know we have something life-saving on hand.
“When you hear some of the statistics around cardiac arrest, it is really eye-opening.”
Mr Webster said: “Sheffield Boxing Centre is a special place and a part of the community.
“A lot of people train here and when you’re training hard, the risk of cardiac arrest goes up dramatically.
“The machine works by automatically detecting a person’s heartbeat rhythm and administering a shock.
“I have been coming here for years and it was an opportunity to give something back to a place that’s given so much to me.
“The place is fantastic, and it was an opportunity for me to show my appreciation and support, not just for Glyn, but everyone who comes through the door.”