Defibrillator donated to sports centre

Defibrillator donated to sports centre

Posted: Sat, 24 May 2014

Defibrillator donated to sports centre

Representatives of Leicestershire Hockey Association (LHA) gave the potentially life-saving device to St Margaret's Pasture Sports Centre, near Abbey Park, in Leicester.

The LHA worked with the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust to provide the defibrillator, which can be used to help restart the heart of anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

The trust was set up in the name of Joe, 14, who collapsed and died while out running near his Rothley home in 2012.

Joe's dad, Steve, who is the trust's chairman, said:

"This is another important step to ensure safer sport for all in the community.

"Now we know fit and healthy young people can be susceptible to subtle heart conditions, all sports venues should be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

"We do hope the wider sports family across Leicestershire will follow LHA's fine example, as every second counts should someone collapse with a cardiac arrest."

A black tie dinner raised more than £5,000 for the trust.

The gala dinner took place at Leicester City's King Power Stadium.

Steve said:

"Fund-raising events such as this one are absolutely key to our work.

"They allow us to continue spreading the message about sudden arrhythmia death syndromes (Sads), putting it firmly on the national agenda.

"They also help to pay for more of the vital life-saving equipment and training we want to share with the community."

The dinner was attended by trust supporter and former England and Leicester Tigers captain Martin Johnson, as well as ex-Leicester City players Muzzy Izzet, Paul Ramsey and Julian Joachim.

Entertainment was provided by city singer Jersey Budd and band Swaggar.

Steve said:

"I would like to thank everybody who helped us put on this event, in particular event organiser Sue Foreman, the team of trust volunteers and so many kind-hearted organisations.

"The musicians gave up their time and generously provided fantastic entertainment for the evening."

Read more at Leicester Mercury

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