Family and friends of a Blackpool heart attack victim have rallied together to raise cardiac funds and buy a defibrillator, after the 80-year-old grandad’s life was saved by the emergency equipment.
Blackpool FC fan Derek Smith (pictured left), of Bispham, had been at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, in May last year when, just minutes after the match finished, he suffered a heart attack.
The Reebok Stadium had a portable defibrillator, which was used to shock Derek several times before his heart was restarted. He was taken to Royal Bolton Hospital and then transferred to the Lancashire Cardiac Centre at Blackpool Victoria.
Derek had been in the car with his son-in-law Mark Green (pictured right), when he suffered the heart attack. Three people, including an off-duty nurse and police officer, rushed to his aid. They gave him CPR and used the defibrillator to keep him alive until paramedics arrived.
Mark was so grateful he joined forces with Carleton Bowling Club to raise funds to help other heart attack victims.
“We wanted to do something, and decided to try to buy a defibrillator for the Carleton club, which we are both members of, and raise funds for the Lancashire Cardiac Centre,” Mark said.
“Roy Dickerson, Jonathan Sherlock, Wayne Berrisford and I did a sponsored bike ride from Blackpool to Bolton.
Derek joined Mark and manager of Carleton Bowling Club, Tim Wood, to present a cheque for more than £560 to the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund’s Heart of Gold charity to benefit patients of the Lancashire Cardiac Centre at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the skill of the people at the cardiac centre” said Derek.
“We wanted to buy a defibrillator for my bowling club
and we raised £562 extra cash which we are donating to the Heart of Gold