THE Star and other campaigners who raised funds to provide life-saving defibrillators at local football grounds in memory of Dronfield referee Roger Evans were named ‘Champion Award’ winners at St John Ambulance’s First Aid Awards.
Evans, aged 59, died on a pitch in March despite resuscitation attempts. His daughter, Helen, asked mourners to donate money to buy a defibrillator. This sparked a campaign involving The Star assistant editor Bob Westerdale, James Hope-Gill, former chief executive of Sheffield & Hallamshire FA, and Roy Cutts, Dronfield funeral director and fund-raiser.
They helped launched a programme to raise money to buy more than 20 heart machines to help prevent further tragedies in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
The awards event in London, was attended by ex-pro player Fabrice Muamba who suffered a cardiac arrest during a Bolton match.
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