Former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle spoke to pupils at a Clitheroe school on Friday about the importance of defibrillators after seeing first hand how one was used to help save a young sportsman’s life.
Mr Coyle was Bolton manager when midfielder Fabrice Muamba (23) collapsed during an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham. Medics gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and tried to revive him with a defibrillator.
Speaking to pupils at St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School during assembly, Mr Coyle spoke about the importance of defibrillators and how they can be needed by anyone regardless of age or fitness.
Together with pupils and school representatives, Mr Coyle later presented a cheque for £1,891, to parish priest Monsignor John Corcoran. This money will be used to buy defibrillators for the school, the adjacent church and The Parish Centre, plus one for St Mary’s RC Primary School at Sabden.
Mother and local businesswoman Ann-Marie Cattermole-Williams, who runs Clitheroe Decorating Centre with her husband Brian, raised the funds after organising a raffle with a wide-range of prizes kindly donated by local businesses.
The sale of the raffle tickets alone raised £1,891, but further collections in the school and church should boost the grand total raised so far to in excess of £3,000.
Year Six pupils who are due to leave the school in July usually raise funds to present the school with a parting gift. Thanks to Ann-Marie, whose daughter Charlotte (11) is in Year Six, the school leavers really got behind the initiative to sell the raffle tickets were soon backed by the whole school and parish.