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 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”.
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.
For Kidsgrove Lads and Dads visit: http://www.kidsgroveladsandads.co.uk/index.html
Checkemlads.com is a charity run by voluntary cancer survivors with an aim to support men and their families going through testicular cancer, spread awareness and educate young men about self-examination in schools, military bases and work places. Founded in 2003 by Phil Morris who was going through cancer and well known drummer Steve White at a Paul Weller concert. The idea to start a website about testicular cancer which would appeal to younger men with a laid back approach and not so black and white as most websites at the time. Shortly after they were joined by Sargent major Mick Riley MBE from the British army who served with Phil in Germany in the 90’s who his also a 3 time cancer survivor. Mick wanted to increase testicular cancer awareness to the armed forces and has since been awarded the MBE for his hard work.
Mark Porter joined the team along with other survivors in 2009 we now have a small army of helpers & friends who are all unpaid survivors and we all really enjoy what we do with checkemlads.com. Some help with support some with awareness & some do both. Mark Porter is a survivor from (Kidsgrove) Stoke on Trent who really got stuck into the cause & has taken the charity up to where it should have been years ago. and together we work hard with awareness events. Charity meet ups, talks about cancer and our annual Mt Snowdon trek which testicular cancer survivors from across the world attend.
How can we improve things?
- Increase counselling service funding
- Lobby for government financial support for a set period of time
- Bring in a law that banks cannot peruse debts for 12 months and not effect credit rating
- Improve grants to support charities for male cancer We feel over a short time these ideas could save the NHS money and have a dramatic effect on the patient’s life long term.
- Heart disease
- Mental health
- Bone disease
- Other cancers This has been proven by research and is not speculation.