At M.R.F.A, football academy Essex, we are a proud supporter of sporting charities; that help encourage the health and wellbeing of those within the sporting industry. As a result, the team at M.R.F.A. are pleased to announce that we are supporting the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation; a charity dedicated to ensuring all health and fitness clubs in the UK are equipped with defibrillators.
Justin Edinburgh was a former Tottenham defender and the manager of Leyton Orient FC; a team in which he led to the National League in May 2019.
Just a month later, Justin was working out in the gym where he suffered a heart attack, which ultimately killed him. At just 49 years old, his family argues that his life could have been saved if the gym had access to the correct equipment such as defibrillators.
Defibrillators are vital in an emergency situation. According to the American Heart Association, if defibrillation occurs within one minute of the victim collapsing; the victim’s survival rate increases to 90%. There is usually no warning signs associated with sudden cardiac arrest; which having the tools on hand in the event of an emergency is vital for the survival of the person in need.
As a result, Justin’s family are campaigning for the law to be changed and ensure that defibrillators are placed in clubs all over the UK.
As a local Essex football academy, this is a cause close to the hearts of everyone at M.R.F.A. That’s why we will help raise money to assist the JE3 Foundation; who vow to ensure all health and fitness clubs across the UK are equipped with defibrillators. We will be hosting a number of fundraising events throughout the next few months to raise money for defibrillators in sporting venues.
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