Preston North End, manager, Simon Grayson, has given a charity a much needed boost after becoming their patron.
The ADAM Appeal, set up after the tragic death of 28-year-old Adam Swanwick from Garstang, who suffered an acute heart attack in 2012, announced the news that the PNE manager had taken up the role and that Adam Phillips, Liverpool FC and England youth team player has also joined the charity as a young ambassador.
Trustee, James Mullin said: “Adam was a massive Leeds United fan and he met Simon when he paid a visit to the club.
“It is a massive plus to have him on board.”
Adam was on his way to sample food for his wedding when he suffered a heart attack in September 2012.
Following his death, The ADAM Appeal was established to raise funds to provide cardiac defibrillators to schools, colleges, sports halls and community venues and raise awareness of cardiac risk to young people, locally and ultimately nationally.
James added: “We already have billboard signs around the pitch at Deepdale but with Simon as our patron it gives us even more presence at the club and lets supporters know about the charity.”
Louise Ayre, who was Adam’s fiancée and was with him at the time of the tragedy said she is thrilled with the news of the new patron.
She said: “It’s great news.
“Adam would be chuffed to bits to hear about it.”
So far the ADAM Appeal have placed 15 defibrillators with funds raised by kind-hearted volunteers, events and fundraising days, in a number of venues around Lancashire.
The charity has also been awarded a silver cardiac smart award for their achievements over the last 12 months.
James added: “As well as providing the defibrillators which are vital in an emergency situation, we also provided CPR and defib training to the venues through the North West Ambulance Service chain of survival team.
“We’d like to thank everyone so much for all your support in making this happen.”