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Life-saving defibrillator installed at world-famous Sheffield boxing gym

Steve Rendi, Nicola Adams and Samantha Rendi at Ingle's Gym.
Steve Rendi, Nicola Adams and Samantha Rendi at Ingle's Gym.
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Boxers and the community near one of Sheffield's most famous gyms will have access to a life-saving defibrillator thanks to the legacy of a kind-hearted Hungarian refugee.

Fighters at Ingle's Gym in Wincobank and people living in the surrounding area will be able to use the machine which has recently been installed on the outside of the Newman Road site by Steve Rendi - son of Jozsef Rendi.

Steve and Samantha Rendi pictured with Dominic Ingle.

Steve and Samantha Rendi pictured with Dominic Ingle.

Steve said he wanted to carry on the work of his dad who came to Sheffield from Hungary as a refugee in 1956 and then donated to various charities and community groups across the city.

Steve, 58, who works as South Yorkshire sector commander for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "My father had cancer for seven years before he died and, unfortunately my mum also died about a year before he did.

"They were big boxing fans and lived in Wincobank for 55 years and with me working for the ambulance service it made sense. My mum and dad were always contributing to local charities and when my dad was poorly, my mum donated to the Northern General helipad appeal and giving has always been in the family.

"They were keen football fans as well and one wish was to get a bench at the Hillsborough memorial gardens and get a defibrillator in Wincobank and with the lads at the gym it just fit."

Nicola Adams (left), Steve Rendi and Samantha Rendi at Ingle's Gym, Wincobank.

Nicola Adams (left), Steve Rendi and Samantha Rendi at Ingle's Gym, Wincobank.

Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams and trainer Dominic Ingle helped unveil the defibrillator, which displays that it is in memory of Jozsef, who died in 2017 at the age of 78 and Vera Rendi, who was 76 when she died in 2016.

Steve said: "It's just nice to give something back to the community. My dad was always a giver because he came to Sheffield homeless so he was always helping people on the streets and it's just a continuation of that really."