Life-saving defibrillator installed in Wingerworth thanks to great community effort

A life-saving defibrillator has been installed near the playing fields in Wingerworth thanks to a wonderful community effort.

Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 1:20 pm

The idea for the defibrillator, which is located at Spar in the village, came from nurse Matt Tacey.

He set up an online fundraising page to pay for the device, bringing in more than £1,300 in donations.

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Pictured with Wingerworth's new defibrillator are, l-r, Tom Henson's father Shaun O'Halloran, Tom's mother Nikki O'Halloran and nurse Matt Tacey.

The Tom Henson Charity provided the defibrillator and helped register the device.

Matt said: "After seeing the devastating images of footballer Christian Eriksen suffering a cardiac arrest during the World Cup and the use of the defibrillator to save him, I wanted to ensure the residents of Wingerworth would have the same chances of survival should they require life-saving interventions.

“I am a nurse and I take pride in protecting, saving and improving lives, whether this be at work or in a personal capacity.

“I want to say a huge thank you to those who donated and to the Tom Henson Charity for providing the defibrillator and helping to register it.”

Tom, who sadly passed away three years ago.

Tom Henson, of Bolsover, tragically passed away aged 23 while he was playing football at Gosforth Fields in Dronfield in 2018.

The Sheffield United fan and keen gym-goer sadly suffered a cardiac arrest due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

After his death, Tom’s friends and family decided to set up a charity in his name, raising money to spend on defibrillators to be installed across Bolsover and surrounding areas to give other people the best chance of survival.

For more information about the Tom Henson Charity, visit www.thetomhensoncharity.co.uk

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