Club buys 'peace of mind' with portable life-saving machine
A Fenland sports club will have life-saving equipment wherever they play thanks to the generosity of its members.
Wisbech Town Walking Football Club know just how vital a defibrillator can be after one was used to save a player's life during a match last month.
Teaching assistant Paul Murray collapsed during the friendly at the Fenmen's ground in Lynn road, Wisbech, against Spalding-based South Lincs Steelers and stopped breathing and lost his pulse.
Quick action by his team mates in retrieving the Wisbech Town FC's defibrillator and putting it to use saved Paul's life.
The importance of having a defibrillator to hand was also highlighted during the Euros earlier in the summer when Danish international Christian Eriksen collapsed during a match.
The incident spurred Wisbech Town to have their defibrillator which was gifted to the club some years ago serviced and fitted with new batteries.
At the time the walking team's manager Jonny Pearce said: "It was really scary and the way the players reacted certainly saved Paul’s life.
"I cannot stress enough how important defib machines are and if your club hasn’t got one, then get the money together and buy one. You will never know when you're going to need it."
His club followed his on advice as following on from the August 15 incident involving Paul the walking team has bought their own portable defibrillator with donations from members.
Jonny said: "I would personally like to thank every member of this great walking football club who have all put their hands in their pockets and donated towards our very own portable defibrillator.
"This means wherever we go the defibrillator will be with us, which means not only do our players have peace of mind that this life saving equipment is close by but so do other teams we are playing.
"The importance of these machines has been highlighted recently with one of our own members needing it to stay alive and also with a young lad playing for West Bridgford Colts who unfortunately lost his life last weekend (September 5).
"The money was raised in just two days which was remarkable."