Longlevens AFC manager James French said that the club have been “really happy” with the response that they’ve received following their decision to give away two defibrillators to other local clubs.
The Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division team’s initial aim was just to buy themselves one after former player Mark Moore suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing back in August 2012 and was saved by a group of paramedics who happened to be near by. But after such a strong reaction from those inside the club, enough money was raised for three defibrillators so Longlevens made the decision to run a series of Twitter polls to see who should get the other two.
“We realised the importance of them after what happened to Mark,” said French in the Gloucester Echo. “They give you a massive chance of surviving so we wanted to buy ourselves one, but after such a great reaction from everybody in the club we’ve got more than we need and we’re going to give them away.
The three finalists (Hucclecote, Brockworth and Stonehouse) from the Twitter polls are all very well supported clubs, you can see that from the hundreds of votes that they got. Unfortunately one of them misses out, but we’re just happy that two more clubs get to have one.”