A football club is onto a winner after securing much needed funding for a life-saving machine.
West Lancashire League Premier Division outfit Euxton Villa has received grants to help fund the purchase of a defibrillator.
The club wanted to purchase the machine after the death of popular Chorley footballer Stephen Connor, who died after collapsing during a Sunday league football match last December.
However, the club was dealt a huge blow after learning that it did not qualify for Football Association (FA) funding because of the league they play in.
The club wrote letters of complaint to The Football Association and the British Heart Foundation. They are yet to receive a reply from either party.
But with the help of County Coun Mark Perks and Garstang-based charity The Adam Appeal, the club has secured the funding for the defibrillator.
Hugh McKinnon, secretary and club groundsman at Euxton Villa, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the response that we have had from people.
“Coun Mark Perks has secured us a grant of £400 and people from The Adam Appeal contacted us and wanted us to apply for one.
“I am disappointed with people at The FA and the British Heart Foundation. We still haven’t had any contact back from them and it’s very frustrating.”
The club is set to receive the defibrillator at the start of March. Free courses will be held for all at the club and McKinnon is encouraging all involved at the club to attend the free classes.
He added: “We want people from the club to come down and attend the free sessions.
“We have more than 15 teams at the club and each team people are on site we want people to be trained in the correct way of using.
After hearing the news of the struggles, Coun Perks said: “When I read the FA couldn’t give them money it saddened me.
“I’ve secured defibs for schools in my area before so when I saw I had grant money left over I wanted to help out.”
“If people want to attend from the community they are more than welcome to.”
Villa boss Mark McDonnell expressed his delight at securing the defibrillator.
He said: “We are really glad to secure a defibrillator. The FA became very slow and we didn’t know what was happening.
“But thanks to people in the community they have rallied round to support us and we have secured exactly what we wanted.”