Glenn Hoddle, former England football manager with two FA Cup and UEFA cups wins under his belt, has donated a defibrillator to Birtley Town FC.
In October 2018, Glenn collapsed suddenly in the BT Sports studio as he suffered a cardiac arrest. Fortunately, sound engineer Simon Daniels raced to Glenn’s side and performed CPR on him, keeping him alive until paramedics arrived.
This shocking event has inspired Glenn to partner with the British Heart Foundation and generously donate defibrillators to football clubs around the country, including Birtley.
Glenn Hoddle said: “It’s been an honour being able to fund these defibrillators. My experience of having a cardiac arrest has changed my life. Had it not been for Simon who performed CPR on me, I wouldn’t be here and I would have missed out on so many incredible things. Although I hope they will never be used, I’ve donated these defibrillators so that more lives can be saved, just as mine was.”
Defibrillators are a portable device that can be used by anyone to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrests are when the heart stops pumping blood around the body, which causes the person to lose consciousness. Without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten percent per minute.
Inspired by Glenn’s story and his generous donation to the club, Chairman Richie Barrett from Birtley Town FC said: “We are hugely grateful for the defibrillator that Glenn has donated to our club, and for sharing his experience of receiving CPR that saved his life.
“When your heart stops, every second counts. Knowing that we are in a position to help if one of our fans, players or visitors has a cardiac arrest is so important.”
Glenn has donated defibrillators to seven football clubs around the UK.