Westfield Health has continued its initiative to provide free life-saving equipment to the community.
The health cash insurer has donated five defibrillator machines to a variety of organisations across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire in their latest drive to reduce the risk of death following a cardiac arrest.
Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday have received two machines each, with Blades academy manager Ron Reid and Owls defender Richard Wood attending the presentation at Westfield House on behalf of the clubs.
The other companies to receive the defibrillators were Doncaster Dome, Chesterfield-based W & G Sissons Ltd and Longley Park College.
Westfield has donated almost 40 defibrillators across the region since the campaign began in July 2002.
Westfield’s Chairman Graham Moore says: "We are pleased that these defibrillators will help make more life-saving facilities available to our local community. The defibrillators can be extremely beneficial as a first response to a cardiac arrest and while we hope they will never be used, if they save just one life the machines will have been invaluable.”
Defibrillators provide electric shock therapy to restart the heart and - if used in the first few minutes of the heart stopping - are considered to be the most important factor affecting the survival of patients.
In the UK more than 250,000 people suffer a heart attack each year and around a third die before reaching hospital. However, using a defibrillator can further increase their chances of survival by more than a third.
Health Cash Plans Insurance : News update: November 2006