A LIFE-SAVING piece of kit has found a new home in Lees thanks to the efforts of a well-known Saddleworth fundraiser.
Gill Bussey was among participants in a marathon charity bike ride to help buy a defibrillator for Lifestyle Gym in Greenfield.
But the vital machinery hadn’t been available for use since the Wellington Road fitness centre flooded in November 2016.
The gym, owned by Derek Ireland, 53, never re-opened and the company, Lifestyle Fitness Centre Limited, was dissolved on January 16, 2018.
However, Gill managed to retrieve the defibrillator and has presented it to Viking Fitness Gym in Lees.
“I came here after Lifestyle closed,” explained Greenfield based Gill.
“They didn’t have a defibrillator. And it was such a shame after all the effort getting one at Lifestyle in the first place, it wasn’t being used.
“So, I contacted Derek and told him I wanted it back for Viking.”
Alex Jobson, a personal trainer and Viking Fitness director, said: “We are very grateful to Gill for thinking about us.
“Hopefully, we will never need to use the defibrillator.
“But it is great for the community to know it is here and customers can exercise knowing they are in safe environment.”
Saddleworth-based former England rugby league captain and Leeds Rhinos legend, Kevin Sinfield, has been a Viking gym user. So too has Oldham-born Wasps and England rugby union star, Kyle Eastmond.