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New Mills businesses team up with football club to house life-saving defibrillators

Posted on 27th September 2013

Two New Mills firms have volunteered to house defibrillator kits bought by the town’s junior football team in memory of a former player.

The kits were bought by New Mills Juniors after the death of 16-year-old Ben Obiora, who collapsed during a match last year.

Officers from New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team made a large donation through the Youth ASB project budget to help the football club pay for the defibrillators.

Bosses at the club wanted the kits to be kept close to playing fields in the town and two firms have stepped forward to help.


Left to Right – Giles Wyatt (NMJFC U13’s Mngr), Adele Burton (Swizzels Matlow Security/Production Mngr), PCSO Will Brockett and Sgt Phil Booth (New Mills & Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team) and Mark Peacock (Cardiac Services Ltd)

The first defibrillator is securely located outside the gatehouse of Swizzels Matlow overlooking New Mills Recreation ground.

JJ Tradings convenience store has housed the second piece of life saving equipment on High Hill Road, a short distance from the popular Ollersett playing fields.

Sergeant Phil Booth from New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “New Mills Police are really pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile project.

"Football teaches these children discipline, focus and the ability to work with and think of others. Hopefully they will remember the lessons they learn here as they grow older, and so not become involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.”

Helping to fund the defibrillators is just one of the ways that the Safer Neighbourhood teams in the High Peak have been putting money back into the community.

Other projects that have benefitted from police cash includes Jericho Café in Gamesley, which used a Proceeds of Crime Act donation to fund a community computer, and the Goalz scheme in Buxton which offers football training sessions for local children.  

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