BOWLING club members have had a lesson ... in giving a shock.
And it came after one of their own diced with death.
Lindley Bowling Club hosted a life-saving session for its members.
And a key part of the session was on how to use a life-saving defibrillator the club now owns.
Club spokesman Phillip Walker said they had been donated one by member, Denis Broadhead, who suffered a heart attack during a Huddersfield Veterans bowling game.
Phillip said: “Fortunately we had another player who was able to give Denis some first aid – chest compressions – but there was a time delay between Denis collapsing and receiving first aid before the ambulance arrived to take over.
“However this time delay wasn’t critical insofar as Denis is now recovering at home following a spell in intensive care at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
“Clearly it would have helped if we had had a defibrillator for such an emergency.
“Denis and his family have kindly bought us one via Dave Jones of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
“There has been a very good response from club members.
“Over 25 in total are being trained to use the defibrillator and so we are holding training sessions at our club.”
Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening heart problems.
The defibrillator device enables a person to deliver a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart.
Modern equipment is made as simple as possible, meaning people can use them successfully with little, or in some cases no training at all.
Use of defibrillators in the community is growing – businesses, sports halls and schools in Kirklees and Calderdale have bought the machines to save lives.
Staff at Holmfirth High School and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School have been trained to use them so far this year.