Kidsgrove Defibrillators Campaign


Kyle Robinson and Julie Bostock unveil new defibrillator at the Kidsgrove Lads and Dads event.

The Kidsgrove Lads and Dads group have been raising money over the past 12 months to obtain better first aid equipment and a defibrillator to be present at all Sunday football sessions. 


Mark Porter with first aiders, Councillor Elsie Bates, Councillor Sylvia Dymond and Kyle Robinson.

Mark Porter decided to fund raise for the Lads and Dads to have their own Defibrillator following on from the sad death of Liam Wood.  Liam Wood collapsed on a pitch just after he had scored for AFC Saints on fields in Knutton, Staffordshire, in January 2012.  Liam, who played football four times a week, had an extremely rare heart disorder.  His arteries were connected to the same place in his heart, unlike most people’s whose arteries are connected to different parts of the heart.  This condition is very hard to detect. 

Mark said: “When I heard what had happened to Liam I just felt I had to do something.  I did some research and decided to organise a fund-raiser with Roland Hulse from Kidsgrove Lads and Dads and other organisations.  The Defibrillators can save lives and we now have a first aid team fully trained up to use the equipment.  Lets just hope they never have to use them”. 


Kyle Robinson – “I am so touched to see so many people supporting this event”.

The project had the backing of myself, Kidsgrove Town Council, MP Joan Walley, Co-op Pharmacy and other local businesses. 

On Sunday 12th May, Liam Woods mum Julie Bostock and I were asked to open the new first aid tent and unveil the defibrillator for the first time.  I told the crowd before we cut the ribbon that I was so touched by the amount of support this project had gained.  The community had come together for a good cause and it just shows us what we can achieve in Kidsgrove.  I will soon be announcing what the Town Council plan to do to further support this fantastic project. 

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About cllrkylerobinson

Newcastle Borough Councillor and Kidsgrove Town Councillor for the Butt Lane and Talke Ward. Staffordshire County Councillor for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street. Please visit my blog Twitter @kyle_robinson22

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