Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ginola Scare Aids Charity; HEART FUND WANTS EVERY PUBLIC PLACE TO HAVE A DEFIBRILLATOR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ginola Scare Aids Charity; HEART FUND WANTS EVERY PUBLIC PLACE TO HAVE A DEFIBRILLATOR

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Byline: MIKE KELLY Reporter mike.kelly@ncjmedia.co.uk @MIKEJKELLY1962

THE health scare surrounding David Ginola could help a charity supported by the French star's fellow Entertainers in the Newcastle United team.

Crowd favourite Ginola collapsed last week during a charity football match in the south of France after suffering a heart attack.

He cheated death, being revived by a bystander giving him CPR and the prompt use of a defibrillator machine by a team of medics.

The North East Hearts with Goals charity is raising cash for defibrillator machines to be placed in all public areas, as well as encouraging more people to learn how to do CPR.

One of its founders, Christine Stephenson, said: "I read David was very lucky because of the CPR and defibrillator machine. It just goes to show how important both are."

The charity was started by Christine and her sister-in-law Kelly Best in March 2013 after Kelly's 18-year-old son Will was diagnosed as having ARVC - the same heart condition which caused former Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba to collapse during a game with Spurs.

Ten years before the March launch, Kelly's husband Neil - Christine's brother - died of a heart condition.

Since then their campaign, backed by a host of sporting celebrities including Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Kevin Keegan, has led to around 120 defibrillators being provided at city schools, sports clubs and other community spaces.

"The best way to look at it is that we want to see a defibrillator machine everywhere there is a fire extinguisher," explained Christine. "Both are potential life savers."

Last year Toon legend Shearer presented one to Ponteland Leisure Centre which has since helped resuscitate two people who collapsed there.

And just days before Ginola's collapse, a defibrillator was placed at the Moor House pub in Seaton Burn, a favourite of Fiona Russell who was just 24 when she died in her sleep from a heart condition. …

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