Steve Cook from Bournemouth donates defibrillator to local club
A FOOTBALLER donated vital medical equipment to a community football club.
Steve Cook, who plays for AFC Bournemouth in the Championship, has provided Hollington United Community FC in Hastings with a new defibrillator kit.
The club announced on their Twitter page that the Hastings-born defender paid for the new equipment, saying it was a “fantastic gesture from a local legend”.
The 30-year-old has played three times for Brighton and Hove Albion after crossing their youth side, appearing in the famous League Cup win over Manchester City.
He responded to the tweet and said: “My pleasure. Equipment so important every club should have.”
Scott Price, director of football, said: “The club posted a tweet about donation aid for a defibrillator; Steve contacted me within 15 minutes and said he would buy us one. Five minutes more later the money was in the bank, and the defibrillator was bought.
“Did that surprise me? Yes and no. He’s the kind of guy he is. So down to earth, he never forgot his roots.
“But he didn’t have to act, he could have pretended he hadn’t seen it. So to us, it’s just amazing, and we are very grateful to him.”
The club will set up the defibrillator kit on its grounds at Gibbons Memorial Playing Fields, Wishing Tree Road.
The equipment will be accessible to players and the public who use the playing fields.
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Buxted FC at Uckfield saw their defibrillator kit destroyed by vandals on Sunday and Hollington is determined not to have the same happen to them.
Mr. Price added, “We have reached out to the board to see the best and safest way to keep it accessible to the entire community.”
The defender’s donation followed the collapse of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen during his country’s game against Finland in Copenhagen, Denmark during Euro 2020.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star received extended medical treatment on the pitch after suffering cardiac arrest before being taken to hospital, where he is now awake and recovering.