Defibrillators provided by Bertie Peacock Foundation
25th April 2012
A Lifesaving Initiative by Bertie Peacock Foundation
Two defibrillators were presented to County Antrim Milk Cup Committee Members Dr. Maurice Laverty (Chairman) and Anne Duffin (Secretary) at a ceremony in Coleraine's Lodge Hotel attended by Bertie Peacock's grandson Ron and Christopher McNeill.
The Portstewart footballer who collapsed with a heart problem during last summer’s Milk Cup tournament says he is pleased his plight has helped raise awareness of the need for life saving defibrillators to made available at sporting venues.
Christopher McNeill continues his remarkable recovery following surgery to install a defibrillator and is hailing the provision of defibs at all Milk Cup grounds next year as a welcome breakthrough in improving vital support in the event of an emergency.
The £6,000 cost has been met by the Bertie Peacock Foundation which was established following the death in 2004 of Coleraine’s former Celtic and Northern Ireland footballer, a founding member of the international youth football tournament.
Chris says: "I am pleased that the awareness about the need for defibrillators is being heightened after what happened to me.
"It’s unfortunate that it took my ordeal to spark it all off but that’s the positive message from it all.”