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Silver was delighted to partner with Life Build recently to provide a new defibrillator to the Tonbridge Black Knights Hockey Club.

The Black Knights are a Tonbridge based hockey team who play in the Southern Counties Hockey Conference across the Kent and South London region, generally as a hobby, but importantly, for the benefit of their physical and mental wellbeing.

The need for a defibrillator became a stark reality for the team when their former Captain, John Kitchenham, suffered a cardiac arrest and sadly passed away pitch side, during a game in 2020.

The defibrillator will be present with the team at every match, not just to protect their own team, but also opponent teams and spectators. In addition, the ‘traveling defibrillator’ will accompany Paul White, the Club Secretary, to Tonbridge Athletics Club events, Kent County Cricket Club Disability Team Training events and Linden Park Cricket Club matches – each of which Paul is also involved with.

Paul White, Tonbridge Black Nights Secretary said: ‘’This is such a wonderfully generous donation by Silver and Life Build to the club and also to local, grass roots sport but it might make the difference in saving someone’s life and the value of that is priceless. On behalf of the Tonbridge Black Knights we are truly grateful to receive this defibrillator’’.

Let’s hope the defibrillator will never need to be used, but nevertheless will provide the reassurance to know it’s available and on hand if ever the need arises and particularly in honour of John, following his sad passing.

Wishing the Tonbridge Black Nights every success in the new season!