Collegians Junior Rugby League President Deb Scanlan, Joe, Beau, Noah, William and Jenny Thornton with Westpac branch manager Kim McGregor.
Collegians Junior Rugby League President Deb Scanlan, Joe, Beau, Noah, William and Jenny Thornton with Westpac branch manager Kim McGregor. Michael Nolan

Family wants more defibrillators to save lives

RUGBY LEAGUE: Jenny Thornton is delighted that Westpac has donated a defibrillator to the Collegians Junior Rugby League Football Club.

Mrs Thornton said she went to Westpac to open a bank account for donations towards more defibrillators and a staff member suggested they apply for funding through the Westpac Community Boost program.

Pushing the provision of more defibrillators is dear to the heart of Mrs Thornton after her husband Danny passed away in December, 2016, at age 43 after going in to cardiac arrest at home and not being able to be revived.

Mrs Thornton and children Beau and Noah, both nine, William 13, Joseph, 15, Seth 17 and Christopher, 27, are keen to see more defibrillators in schools, shopping centres, clubs and workplaces.

"If a defibrillator is used within the first minute, there is a 90 per cent survival rate. Each year, 33,000 Australians die from a cardiac arrest including 200 who are under 35. I am going to purchase one myself for the car as I am at a lot of training sessions,” she said.

"It makes sense to have a defibrillator where there are large groups of people.

She has been approached to talk to the Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise about the importance of defibrillators.

Son Joseph scored a try in a Collegians Blue 32-30 win against Collegians White in the under-16 grand final this season in Goondiwindi. Three of the Thornton boys play touch and three are in junior football.

Collegians president Deb Scanlan said the club defibrillator would be available at home and away games.

"It will be taken with first aid kits to away games,” she said.

Westpac Warwick branch manager Kim McGregor said it was also important to get more people training in the correct use of a defibrillator.

Mrs Thornton is hoping to be able to encourage more fundraising towards defibrillators and can be contacted on 0412283097.

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