Boxing club knocked out by lifesaving donation

11th August 2022 - Jamie Richards

A Leek boxing club has installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) which can also be accessed by local people, to cut the risk of the loss of a life in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Keatesy’s Boxing Academy on Cruso Street, Leek and the surrounding area are now safer thanks to a charitable donation that has paid for the AED and its ongoing maintenance.

The lifesaving donation AED has been fully funded by the Kieran Rutter Legacy Foundation, founded by Steve and Alicia Rutter after they lost their son Kieran, who was killed in a car accident at the age of just 20 in 2015. It is the latest of a series of AEDs which have been installed in and around Leek, coordinated by Dave Swarbrook, whose friend David McNeaney, known as Macca to his many friends, passed away suddenly on New Year’s Eve 2020.

Carly Ball, director of Keatesy’s Boxing Academy, said: “It will be mandatory for all sports clubs like ours to have an AED by June this year, but I was still shocked to find out that so many people die each year from cardiac arrest when their lives could have been saved by a defibrillator and CPR.

“High profile incidences such as footballers Christian Eriksen and Fabrice Muamba have brought the issue to the forefront, but it can happen to anyone at any age and fitness, and we want to be assured that we are in a position to do everything we can to save a life if needed.”

“We are now making sure as many people as possible at the club know what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest, both in terms of operating the AED and administering CPR. This club is an integral part of the community, so we thought it was important to give local people access to the defibrillator as well. You hope it never needs to be used, but it will greatly cut the risk of unnecessary death if it does.

“I would like to personally thank Steve and Alicia Rutter for their funding, support, and the lifesaving donation which has enabled us to install the AED.”

The defibrillator was supplied and installed by charity AEDdonate who manage the fundraising campaign with a dedicated fundraising page. They then look after the installation, registration with the ambulance service, and regular maintenance of the defibrillator.

Jamie Richards, CEO of AEDdonate, said: “In the UK, over 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are treated by emergency medical services every year. Approximately one in 10 people will survive this event. The survival rate decreases minute by minute after sudden cardiac arrest; if a defibrillator is applied within three minutes, there is a 70 percent chance of survival. To improve this, defibrillators must be easily accessible throughout the country.  Apply For Funding For Your Area Now.

“Defibrillators are extremely easy to use, and they provide step-by-step instructions in either verbal or visual form. They can be operated by anyone, with no prior training required.”

To find out more about fundraising for a defibrillator through AEDdonate email: call 01785 472224 or visit:


Photo: Alicia Rutter, Steve Rutter, Andy Keates and Dave Swarbrook.

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