Sad death may save lives

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THE TEAM: With Gordon Powell at the back, third from right

AS people get older it does mean that they want to give up sport but equally recognise that sometimes they need to slow down.

Walking Football has been steadily growing in popularity and there are three teams in the area of Mar-bella and Benalmadena.

In November last year, one of the teams took part in a tournament in Portugal and after playing for 10 minutes and being named man of the match, 65-year-old Gordon Pow-ell had a sudden heart attack and died.

According to spokesman for the club Adam Chandler, who founded Walking Football Spain “A first aider was present at the tournament but a defibrillator was not, and we had to wait until the paramedics arrived before defibrillation started.

“We later learnt he had ischemic heart disease and his arteries had hardened and suddenly cut off the blood supply to his heart.”

Due to this sad event, Adam has set up a JustGiving page to try to raise €1,000 to allow the clubs to ob-tain a portable defibrillator and after just a few days, it has raised €310.

To support the appeal, please visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/walkingfootballspain.

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