Lancashire Football Association, the governing body for football across Lancashire and it’s surrounding areas, are delighted to announce a two-year partnership with the registered Garstang based charity, The Adam Appeal.
The Adam Appeal was set up by Adam Swanwick’s family, following the 28-year-old’s tragic death from an acute heart attack in 2012. Had there been a working defibrillator nearby at the time, medical professionals say Adam could very well still be here today. This has spurred Adam’s family on to increase the awareness and urgent need for access to defibrillators across the region.
The partnership between Lancashire FA and The Adam Appeal was officially announced on Wednesday afternoon at the County Ground, with members of the charity, Cardiac Smart, the British Heart Foundation and Lancashire County Councillor Alf Clempson also in attendance.
As part of this two year deal, Lancashire FA and the now disbanded Hoole United FC will fund as many AED defibrillators and CPAD housing units, which will be gifted to football clubs within Lancashire in areas where no registered defibrillator is located.
Based on data from the North-West Ambulance Service, 11 of those clubs have already been chosen, several of whom were in attendance on Wednesday at the partnership announcement.
Lancashire FA will help each club install the CPAD and it’s AED at their respective facilities, allowing use for not only members of each of the football clubs, but also the wider community, should anything happen nearby.
The chosen clubs have agreed to take part in further fundraising events throughout 2019 and beyond for The Adam Appeal, and work closely with Lancashire FA in promoting the good work The Adam Appeal and the County FA do during the course of the two year deal.
On the exciting partnership, Lancashire FA CEO Simon Gerrard said: “This is a brilliant partnership, and one we have been working on with Pam and other members of Adam’s family for many months now.”
“It’s an absolute privilege to not only help a really important charity and the crucial work it does, but to also further help grassroots football clubs across Lancashire in their funding for a vital piece of kit, which could ultimately save someone’s life.”
“I’d like to particularly thank Hoole United FC, who have helped Lancashire FA fund this important project. Without their initial help and financial support, this wouldn’t have happened.”
“I look forward to continue working with The Adam Appeal and the North-West Ambulance Service in the future, as we look to increase access to defibrillator’s to all of our football clubs and their wider communities.
Pam Bailey from The Adam Appeal said: “We’re really excited to be working with Lancashire FA in the coming years.”
“We’re really chuffed to be working alongside them and are overwhelmed by the support we’ve received. It’s great news that we’ve been able to get as many defibs as we can out into the communities and football clubs, which is what the charity is all about.”
Cheryl Pickstock from the North-West Ambulance Service and Chain of Survival County Coordinator for Lancashire said: “It was a fantastic launch for the partnership between Lancashire FA and The Adam Appeal.”
“The North-West Ambulance Service have worked with The Adam Appeal for a while now, and this partnership with the Lancashire FA can only do good to spread the word about the importance of defibrillators both locally in Lancashire and on a national scale too.”
For more information on The Adam Appeal, visit their website.
Lancashire FA would like to thank everyone who attended Wednesday's PR launch to make it a memorable day for all involved.
Images from the PR launch can be found here.