Chester Race Company and Pubwatch Caring in the Community

Frank Marnell receives Defibrillators on behalf of Chester Pubwatch


Chester Race Company has funded four new, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) which from 12 April 2016, will be placed in key city centre locations.


Automated External Defibrillators can be found in a variety of public spaces such as Shopping Centres, Gyms and Train Stations and these new additional devices will take the number of life-saving AEDs in the City from 16 to 20.  The additional locations will be a welcome addition for the City’s many residents and visitors as well as the North West Ambulance Service.


At a cost over £1,000 per unit, the briefcase-sized life-saving boxes were purchased by Chester Race Company after suitable locations were identified by Chester Pubwatch and Cheshire West and Chester Council.


Chairman of Chester Pubwatch Frank Marnell who runs the Watergate Inn, adjacent to the racecourse, said “We are very grateful to Chester Racecourse for making this generous donation. Pubwatch members have received training in the use of this equipment by ambulance service volunteers. I am sure that the people of Chester and our many visitors will feel reassured that we are working together to keep them safe”.

Historically, defibrillator machines have only been accessible at Chester Racecourse on race days but from today, the Holiday Inn Express on New Crane Street (adjacent to the racecourse) will house one of the four machines, a crucial location being positioned alongside an arterial route into the City.  Additional AEDs will be located at The Shropshire Arms on Northgate Street and the Old Queens Head on Foregate Street. The fourth and final Defibrillator will be located at Commonhall Street Social.  The handover of the four machines to managers of these venues coincides with a day’s training and installation by the venues.