Club’s appeal for life-saving machine

Bosses at Holbrook Sports Football Club have launched a fundraising appeal for a life-saving defibrillator.

In total £900 is needed and the football club’s committee are appealing to local people, businesses, groups and organisations to consider making a donation that could potentially help save a life.

A defibrillator works by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall, to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm and help combat the problem.

Phill Alcock, 48, of Town Street in Holbrook, is fully supporting the appeal as a heart patient himself. He has suffered four heart attacks and undergone numerous procedures within the last six years.

Phill said: “I have been through quite a bit over the last few years, but I am still fighting, and really want to give something back to my local community. I know only too well that heart conditions can affect anyone at any time, often without warning. I have been incredibly lucky, and appreciate every single day.

“I am urging the people of Belper and beyond to help us raise the money needed to purchase a defibrillator.”

The campaign is being backed by the British Heart Foundation’s fundraising manager, Sophie Jardine. She said: “I hopepeople will support them with fundraising and donations. A defibrillator really could make adifference.”

To make a donation or to help with fundraising, contact Jane Romney on 07771 655630.