Rugby women to cycle for life-saving tackle

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Harrogate Rugby Union club Ladies team is set to cycle a gruelling 4,814 miles without leaving its new Rudding Lane clubhouse to raise money for life-saving equipment.

All 26 members of the women’s squad will take to exercise bikes to cycle the equivalent distance travelled by the England Rugby Union team during the World Cup in a bid to raise enough money to buy two defibrillators.

The fundraiser, which was the brainchild of team founder Laura Symmonds, will allow the club to buy two publicly accessible defibrillators (PAD) via the British Heart Foundation Nation of Lifesavers initiative.

Laura said: “Having access to a potentially life-saving piece of equipment is essential for us at Harrogate Rugby Club.

“The defibrillators will not only ensure a fast response to a medical emergency for our players but also be here as an aid for the community.

“Our new ground is located just off the main Harrogate ring road and the equipment will be accessible at all times for use by the emergency services.

“The cycle ride is a fun way to raise the money in the build up to the Rugby World Cup.”

The cycle challenge will start today, ahead of the first match between England and Fiji at Twickenham tomorrow.

The women need to raise a total of £800 in order to install the two British Heart Foundation defibrillators. Additional funds raised will be spent on new kit and equipment for the team.

Once the defibrillators are installed their location will be listed by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and 999 operators will be notified.

The public are invited to the club to support the fundraiser.