A GoFundMe, set up to raise awareness of the importance of defibrillators at sports pitches, has raised over £4,000.

An incident on Sunday, December 3 shocked players during the premier division game when one of the members of the Bracknell team collapsed.

Jack Davies who started the GoFundMe described how the ‘routine’ Sunday League match against AFC Dukes turned into a ‘life-altering event’.

Jack said: “Approximately 30 minutes into the match, our friend and teammate Doug collapsed on the field, without a pulse.

“In an instant, the 22 players on the pitch, along with the referee, substitutes, and spectators, united in a life-saving effort.

“Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions were administered by players from both teams, showcasing the remarkable solidarity within the football community.”

A defibrillator, located at the Braybrooke pitch, was quickly retrieved and played a pivotal role in reviving Doug after his heart stopped beating.

Following the incident, the team has reflected on the importance of a defibrillator within a sports setting.

The team soon discovered that the football pitches in both Wildridings and Great Hollands are lacking access to a nearby life-saving device.

Davies added: “Given that these pitches are utilized on a weekly basis, it raises concerns about the potential consequences if a similar situation were to occur in these locations.

“We believe that every pitch within the Bracknell district should be equipped with this life-saving device, ensuring the safety of not only footballers but also the general public. 

The team have reached out to the local community for support to ensure that every sports ground in the borough has access to a defibrillator.

The incident reiterates the need for such life-saving equipment in any sports setting.

The GoFundMe page said: "Our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the well-being of individuals participating in sports and other community activities in the Bracknell area.

“We extend our gratitude to those who have already been instrumental in Doug's rescue and recovery. Our goal is to ensure that every pitch becomes a safe and prepared space for all, minimising the potential for tragic outcomes in unforeseen circumstances.”

So far £4,560 has been raised by the local community with over 200 donations. 

This information is taken from the GoFundMe page set up by Jack Davies.

If you wish to donate to this appeal click here