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Morgan Sindall donates defibrillator to football club

A photograph of the handover of the defibrillator at Heanor Town Football Club

Morgan Sindall has donated a defibrillator to Heanor Town Football Club, in Derbyshire, in support of a campaign to have the life-saving devices installed in football grounds across the UK.

Lia Kellogg sadly lost her brother Joe after he collapsed during a football practice session in 2011 and never regained consciousness. Lia is leading a campaign to have defibrillators installed in all football grounds, and has raised a petition to try and persuade the Football Association to make this a reality.

Simon Arnott, Morgan Sindall Group head of procurement, said: "I am local to Lia and her family in Derbyshire, and as a Group we also have connections with the area through Lovell and Morgan Sindall. When I read the story and the work Lia is doing to try and effect change and save lives, we wanted to see if we could help, because as a business we have also recognised the importance of having these life-saving devices."

Morgan Sindall signed a deal with Cardiac Science last year to provide Powerheart G5 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to each of its UK project sites and offices, to give staff, contractors and visitors easy access to the life-saving technology in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Lia said: "We are very grateful for Morgan Sindall's kind donation, and we hope that this will help to further raise the profile of the campaign and the need to have defibrillators installed at football clubs up and down the country, to avoid others having to suffer the loss and heartbreak we have been through".

The defibrillator was handed over to Heanor Town F.C. chairman Geoff Clarence before their recent match against Walsall Wood, and will be installed in the clubhouse.

For more information on Lia’s campaign, please visit: https://www.change.org/p/the-football-association-every-football-club-in...