Swansea City defibrillator pledge
Swansea City kick-started the defibrillator pledge in memory of local footballer Mitchell Joseph with the purchase of 15 life-saving units for community use.
Mitchell, 33, tragically passed away recently while playing for his Swansea Senior League side St Josephs after suffering a heart attack during a game at Mynydd Newydd Playing Fields.
Friends and team-mates carried out a bucket collection around the stadium before the Monday 22nd January 2018 Premier League victory over Liverpool to raise funds for his family and fiancée Laura Davies.
The Swans pledged to match the amount raised and use the funds to purchase defibrillators, which delivers a controlled electric shock to the heart, for use initially at the main playing fields in the Swansea League.
Swans and Liverpool supporters rallied to the cause at the Liberty Stadium and donated an amazing amount totaling £10,595.
As a result the club immediately purchased 15 defibrillators for the appeal with a further pledge to add another life-saving unit for every goal Carlos Carvalhal’s side score between now and the end of the season.
The club teamed up with Cariad, to provide the units, basic life support training, on-going maintenance and a 24-hour emergency response service.
The rolling programme will be reviewed in the summer with the aim of providing additional defibrillators throughout all the local football leagues in the area.
Mitchell’s family and friends will play a major role in helping to decide where the defibrillators are located with the support of the club, Cariad, the Council and the Swansea League.
There will be a plaque in Mitchell’s memory placed with every defibrillator going forward.
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