Tingley club secures life-saving defibrillator

Tingley Athletic chairman Chris Daly, right, manager Mick Asquith and Goals 4 Heart's Lee Horton, left.
Tingley Athletic chairman Chris Daly, right, manager Mick Asquith and Goals 4 Heart's Lee Horton, left.

A caring junior football manager has secured life-saving equipment for his club.

Tingley Athletic’s junior manager Mick Asquith has been campaigning since October for a defibrillator and he has organised a 150-mile walk to Bridlington next year to raise the £5,000 needed for one.

And after raising nearly £800, football charity Goals 4 Hearts have loaned the club the equipment, until they can afford it.

Mr Asquith, 39, of Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, said: “It’s very nice of the charity to lend us one before we have reached our target because I know how vital this life-saving equipment can be.

“I was born with heart problems and when I passed out five years ago, the doctors fitted an internal defibrillator inside my chest.”

Mr Asquith’s implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, which is similar to a pacemaker but bigger, works to correct and stabilise irregular heart rhythms by giving the person a shock.

Mr Asquith added: “It has given me a sense of safety that I just didn’t have before - I want everyone at the football club to feel that as well.

“And because we have it now, it might save someone’s life at a match this weekend, or the next weekend.

“The whole campaign has brought the club closer together.”

The club has used the money it has already raised through sponsorship to pay for a lock-box, which the device will be kept in, and it will be placed on the outside of the clubhouse, in Casson Avenue.

Mr Asquith will be doing his walk in April next year, to donate log on to www.justgiving.com/defib