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Defibrillator installed at Notts Gymnastics Academy

A defibrillator has been installed at Notts Gymnastics Academy.

Alan Price of Notts Gymnastics Academy told the Wire:

“We are delighted that we have been able to install a defibrillator at Notts Gymnastics Academy.

“The issue of sudden cardiac arrest has been brought closer to home for us this year with the sudden passing of Josh Downie, and the support we have received from both Councillor Jonathan Wheeler and our members that has enabled us to purchase this vital piece of equipment has been great.


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Josh’s sister Ellie Downie raised over £400 providing a gymnastics session which was attended by aspiring gymnasts from around the country.

A special mention must also go to Isabelle Linford, a young squad member who ran 10km and raised £390 to support this project!

Notts Gymnastics Academy is a registered charity which provides gymnastics to over 1,000 local children every week and we encourage our members to register with initiatives like  Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising so their everyday purchases can help raise funds for the Academy, but those who have gone above and beyond to raise the additional funds required to secure the defibrillator have been really inspiring.


Jonathan Wheeler, County Councillor for West Bridgford South donated £1,000 from his Councillors Divisional Fund from the County Council and said: ‘I am thrilled to have been able to support the great work of the team at the Gymnastics Academy in providing another defibrillator for the area.

“We now have defibrillators installed across West Bridgford, Edwalton and Gamston.

The tragic passing of Josh has devasted his family and friends, and a big thank you goes to everyone who supported the purchase of this life saving equipment.’

Pictured: County Councillor Jonathan Wheeler, Katie Foster, Head of the Women’s Artistic Discipline, Alan Price, Coach at Notts Gymnastic Academy.

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