Appeal launched for community defibrillator in Farsley after Christian Eriksen collapse

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A Farsley man has launched an appeal to raise money for a community defibrillator which could help save lives in the village.

John Thornton, a former policeman, was prompted into action by the recent collapse of Denmark footballer Christian Eriksen, who was revived by medics and the use of a defibrillator.

Mr Thornton, 46, also coaches an under 14 boys junior football team at Farsley Celtic FC, and added:

“Having worked in the emergency services I know first hand the benefit CPR can have. I’ve used defibrillators four times myself and know what a difference they can make. One of my friends was also brought round by one.

“Recent events have highlighted how important early intervention is to improve the survival chances of anyone that should suffer a cardiac arrest.”

Mr Thornton is hoping to get the defibrillator and case outside Farsley Celtic’s ground for general community use. He added:

“It’s not just the football, there’s a popular sports hall there too. There needs to be something close at hand.”

A Farsley Celtic spokesperson said:

“With a thriving junior set-up alongside the men’s and women’s senior set-up, and a number of other sports also taking advantage of the facilities at the club, having a defibrillator on site permanently is essential.”

The appeal was launched on Friday and has so far raised more than £400. The defibrillator costs between £1,300 to £1,500. Mr Thornton is also aiming to run events to help with the fundraising.

One donator said:

“This is so important to me as my boys have grown up in the Farsley Celtic Football Club, they loved it there. If I can help to get this defibrillator in case it is needed it’s a good call.”

People can contribute to the crowdfunder here.


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