Back of the net – donation helps supply emergency kit

Pictured with the new St Annes FC defibrillator, are from left, Councillor Howard Henshaw, Councillor Karen Henshaw and assistant manager Anthony Davies. The equipment was bought with part of Councillor Howard Henshaw's last member's grant as a County Councillor.
Pictured with the new St Annes FC defibrillator, are from left, Councillor Howard Henshaw, Councillor Karen Henshaw and assistant manager Anthony Davies. The equipment was bought with part of Councillor Howard Henshaw's last member's grant as a County Councillor.
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A kind donation from a Fylde councillor has led to lifesaving piece of equipment being installed at a junior football club.

Just 18 months on from former footballer Fabrice Muamba suffering a heart attack on the pitch during an FA Cup match, St Annes FC, based in Blackpool Road North, have bought a defibrillator thanks to the kind donation.

The money, provided by Coun Howard Henshaw as a grant from his former role as county councillor, has paid for the emergency kit, as well as providing training to club staff.

He said: “In my role as president of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Athletics club, I have come across several instances of people suffering heart attacks.

“This equipment doesn’t just benefit the club, but the local area too.

“People know it is here now and can use it if required.”

The use of defibrillators was brought to wider attention last year, famously saving the life of former Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba after he suffered a heart attack on the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground, White Hart Lane, North London.

Coun Karen Henshaw added: “Everyone remembers the Fabrice Muamba incident and would hope nothing like that happens again.”

St Annes FC secretary Zena Murray said: “All our managers and assistants have been trained on its use but we all hope it never has to get used.”