Broadbridge Heath Bears junior football team granted money for defibrillators

A Broadbridge Heath junior football team were granted £300 by London-based charity for defibrillators after setting the challenge of cycling to Henfield.

Broadbridge Heath Bears get on their bikes
Broadbridge Heath Bears get on their bikes

Broadbridge Heath U14 Junior football team wanted to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator that would be available for the use of the team if the worse was to happen.

The team had the idea of a sponsored bike ride from the football club in Broadbridge Heath to Henfield and back again, setting a target of £1,500 and a fund raising page meet this.

On Sunday, July 10, players and parents set off on the 26-mile round trip.

Following the fund raising page going live they were contacted by the charity London Hearts who offered a £300 grant to go towards the purchase of the machine.

Thanks to the generosity of family and friends the total raised was £1,700 which meant that with the help of London Hearts they were able to purchase two defibrillators for the football club.

Team manager Richard Lamb said he was blown away by the generosity of everybody who has helped raise the funds. "This now means that our team will have this piece of equipment with us every time we play and train. Hopefully it will never be used. It has also meant that we have an additional machine that can be used by the other age groups.”

The club has teams for all ages and have many sponsors including Pentagon Plastics Group, Smith and Western and Wiseman Finance.

Visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/broadbridgeheathfc for more information about the club and how to join.