ST Columba & Torpoint RFC as part of the return to rugby has installed a brand-new defibrillator.

After successfully applying for the equipment, we’re proud to be one of 15 clubs around the country that will be able to save lives in the event of any cardiac emergencies on or off the pitch.

The provision of the defibrillator was made possible by the Richmond Heavies Foundation Defibrillator Fund, with the life-saving equipment being delivered by the Community Heartbeat Trust.

We’re tremendously grateful to the Richmond Heavies Foundation for awarding the defibrillator and ensuring its arrival was on Ime for the return of the community game of rugby.

Former Richmond 1st XV prop Rupert Allhusen, who became the first-ever rugby prop to swim the gruelling English Channel. Fundraising for the Richmond Heavies FoundaIon Defibrillator Fund at the same Ime, said: “A newly-installed defibrillator helped save the life of someone at our club. Having that resource available for anyone at a rugby club is vitally important and could be life-saving. We want to support as many clubs as possible to get that equipment installed and maintained.

“So far we are looking at 15 defibrillators for rugby clubs that don’t already have them, which potentially equates to a lot of lives saved. It’s great to have the first of those installed at ST Columba & Torpoint RFC as community rugby returns.”

About the Richmond Heavies Foundation

The Richmond Heavies Foundation was formed in 2018 following the unconnected, sudden and premature deaths of three much-loved players from the Richmond Rugby community. Formed by a group of former captains of the Richmond Heavies – the vet’s team of the southwest London club, one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world – the foundation aims to protect and support players and their families in the rugby community across the country.

Former and current players from Richmond Rugby will be taking on the challenge to raise more funds in support of the project in September 2021. A team of 10 cyclists will take on The Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride. If you wish to be involved or even help out please get in contact at the link below.

The Richmond Heavies Foundation is working with the Community Heartbeat Trust the RFU to have working and maintained defibrillators in every grassroot and community rugby club in England.

Find out more here: Richmond Heavies Defibrillator Fund