A COMMUNITY run sports centre has installed potentially lifesaving equipment for the hundreds of people who use the fitness facilities each week.

Crook Community Leisure fitted a defibrillator at its complex after raising the £1,300 needed, which included a grant from believe housing association.

The centre, in Peases West, offers facilities for cycling and running, hosts football tournaments and has a successful gym that caters for all levels of fitness. The team which runs the venue was keen to have a defibrillator on hand that could provide lifesaving assistance to anyone taking part in physical activity there.

Defibrillators are designed to save lives by delivering a high energy electric shock to the heart of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest. They are being installed in public places throughout the country, but traditionally these have been in urban locations as opposed to community facilities like Crook Community Leisure Centre.

Funding officer at believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “Having this equipment on site could literally be a lifesaver. And with so many people taking part in physical activities here, it’s the perfect location for a defibrillator.

“Our contribution might only have been a small part of the wider fundraising efforts, but projects like this are exactly why we created our community funding programme.”

John Winter, of from Crook Community Leisure Centre, said: “We are delighted to be able to have a defibrillator onsite. Crook Community Leisure is open at least 93 hours each week.

"In addition to our gym members we offer a variety of classes and community activities. The free ton-up challenge has 158 active users of all ages.

"We have the reassurance that, if needed, the defibrillator is onsite. A big thank you to believe housing for the £500 contribution, the remainder of the money was provided by Crook Community Leisure.”