Charity helps defibrillator bid

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A Garstang-based charity has helped a football club secure funding for a defibrillator.

West Lancashire League Premier Division outfit Euxton Villa has received grants to help fund the purchase of the equipment.

The club wanted to purchase the machine after the death of popular Chorley footballer Stephen Connor, who died after collapsing during a Sunday league football match last December.

However, the club was dealt a huge blow after learning that it did not qualify for Football Association (FA) funding because of the league they play in.

But with the help of County Coun Mark Perks and Garstang-based charity The Adam Appeal, the club has secured the funding for the defibrillator.

Hugh McKinnon, secretary and club groundsman at Euxton Villa, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the response that we have had from people.

“Coun Mark Perks has secured us a grant of £400 and people from The Adam Appeal contacted us and wanted us to apply for one.

The club is set to receive the defibrillator at the start of March. Free courses will be held for all at the club.