This week has been a great one for the A-Team Hub after coming out on top of a community poll for the award of a defibrillator.

Centre Manager Heather Parker-Preece explained the background to the award and how it could prove a vital life-saving asset for the local community.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for the Hub in the Bumblebee Plumbing and Heating BEEaHero campaign,” Heather said.

“We topped the voting polls and received a Defibrillator from Bumblebee Plumbing and Heating.

“Bumblebee Plumbing and Heating is based in Warrington and runs the very successful BEEaHero campaign. From every boiler they sell, they donate £50 from the sale and put it directly into the BEEaHero fund.

“Once they have gained enough funds for a defibrillator, they hold a community vote and on this occasion the A-Team Hub was fortunate enough to win.”

Ross Coen from Bumblebee Plumbing handed over the defibrillator to Leigh Community Trust (LCT) at the A-Team Hub in Leigh.

Representing LCT were Heather Parker-Preece, Lead SEN Officer Carlie Unsworth and Leigh Centurions Player Welfare Manager Ste Maden. This was a particularly poignant moment for Ste who underwent open heart surgery in 2018.

Defibrillators can be the difference between life and death, if used within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce a survival rate as high as 50-70%.

The A-Team Hub is a centre based in Leigh, Wigan Borough for children and families living with neurodevelopmental conditions and learning disabilities. The Hub provides activities for children aged 0-16 including activity play sessions, sensory messy play, games club, sibling club and also provides parent training and support for families across the North West.

After opening the new centre in June 2021, staff felt with the number of individuals and families using the centre and being in close proximity to both residents and other local companies, having a defibrillator at the A-Team would be a useful resource for the community.

Heather Parker-Preece added: “This is such a great initiative run by Bumblebee to provide communities with this life saving equipment. We are truly grateful to everyone who voted for us to win the defib and be able to offer the use of it to anyone in need of it.”