Lifesavers’ award

Philip Binks, 56, had heart attack at the Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool gym, he was saved by staff member Martin Wood using a defibrillator.'Pictured is Martin in the gym with the life saving machine
Philip Binks, 56, had heart attack at the Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool gym, he was saved by staff member Martin Wood using a defibrillator.'Pictured is Martin in the gym with the life saving machine

A trio of lifesavers who came to the rescue of heart attack victim Philip Binks will receive a top award on Saturday.

Martin Wood, Sarah Duckworth and Jason Ditchfield, who all work at Sowerby Bridge Pool and Fitness Centre, sprang into action when Mr Binks collapsed with a heart attack while working out at the gym earlier this year.

The 56-year-old was on the rowing machine when he felt unwell and fell to the ground clutching his chest.

When he stopped breathing, the trio immediately performed CPR before using a defibrillator.

Mr Binks has since made a full recovery.

Martin, Sarah and Jason will travel to London this weekend to the annual National Lifesaver Defibrillator Awards, hosted by national cardiac charity SADS UK (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) which honours people in the community who have saved lives.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: “We are pleased to know that staff at Sowerby Bridge Pool put their lifesaving training into action when it was needed and saved Philip Binks’s life. We feel the National Defibrillator Lifesaver Award is richly deserved as they worked together and acted quickly and decisively in this emergency situation.”

The staff will be presented with their awards at the event, attended by cardiologists, ambulance service and emergency care personnel. Visit www.sadsuk.org