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Needham Market young footballer cycling and running 100 miles in month to buy defibrillator for football team




An 11-year-old footballer is fund-raising to buy a defibrillator for his team after witnessing the shocking moment Danish star Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during a Euros match.

Alfie Woolnough, of Needham Market, is cycling and running 100 miles over the next month and will donate the defibrillator to Maestro’s FC, who he plays for on Saturdays and who are based at Delson's Meadow in Stonham Aspal.

He decided to start the fund-raiser after seeing Danish football player Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch in a group-stage match against Finland in the Euros earlier this month.

Alfie Woolnough is cycling and running 100 miles to fund-raise for a defibrillator for his football team. Picture: Alfie Woolnough.
Alfie Woolnough is cycling and running 100 miles to fund-raise for a defibrillator for his football team. Picture: Alfie Woolnough.

Eriksen is now recovering, but the incident sent shockwaves around the world, and has seen people familiarising themselves with how to perform CPR.

Emma Woolnough, Alfie's mother, said: "We sat watching the game like everyone else and saw it unfold before our eyes.

“I am a student nurse so I knew and understood what was happening.

"Alfie started asking questions about if an incident like that happened at his football club would a person die.

“He wanted to know why they don’t have a defibrillator at his football club and could they get one.

“I said it wasn’t that simple, but when I explained the situation he decided he wanted to raise money to buy one.

"Alfie is the type of boy who always puts other people before himself.

“We spoke to his manager who as soon as he heard was right behind what Alfie wanted to do.

“Delson’s Meadow is used for football by youngsters from three-years old, so it will benefit every age group right up to the first team.”

Alfie, who also plays for Needham Phoenix on Sundays and trains once a week at Ipswich Town’s Advanced Training Centre in Needham Market has already raised over £800.

To donate, go to: www.gofundme.com/f/defibrillator-for-maestro-fc

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