Publish date: 3 May 2024

Shanklin Bowling Club has proudly supported Isle of Wight Ambulance Service for over 8 years by housing a vital defibrillator. We are delighted that this lifesaving device has now been relocated to the exterior wall of the club, ensuring easy access for the community.

This achievement was made possible through the combined support of the club and the funds generated from Isle of Wight Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) accredited first aid training.

Raymond Ridett, President of Shanklin Bowling Club, said: “We've always been grateful to have a defibrillator on site and we're very happy to provide community access to it, in an emergency. We're delighted to be able to ensure it is now available to our local community 24/7, thanks to ATCoRS and the support of our club members.”

Louise Walker KAM, Head of Education and Community Response for Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, said: “It is crucial during the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest that the casualty receives early CPR and if required, defibrillation. Every minute defibrillation is delayed their chance of survival decreases by around 10%.

“This highlights the vital role of community public access defibrillators and why we are pleased to have supported Shanklin Bowling Club in improving its accessibility.”

Having a public access defibrillator available 24/7 is undoubtedly an invaluable asset to any community. This lifesaving device significantly enhances someone's chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Photo: Raymond Ridett, President of Shanklin Bowling Club, and Duncan Walker of ATCoRS.

Information about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is available online at:

The Circuit, the national defibrillator network, provides NHS ambulance services an overview of where defibrillators can be found in their area:

For information regarding defibrillators and training visit: