A pair of south coast property companies have joined forces to buy a potentially life-saving defibrillator for the community arm of AFC Bournemouth football club. Property finance specialist MSP Capital and chartered surveyors Wellington King have jointly donated the portable machine to the EFL Championship side’s charity, the Community Sports Trust.
Their aim is to provide peace of mind for participants and spectators at key Trust events across Bournemouth, Poole and neighbouring parts of Dorset.
The move comes just weeks after millions of TV viewers saw how a defibrillator helped save the life of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen after he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed during his side’s Euro 2020 opening match.
Adam Tovey, Valuation Director at MSP Capital and a lifelong Cherries fan, said: “If an elite sportsman, aged just 29 and continually monitored for fitness, can have a cardiac arrest, then anyone can. “Christian Eriksen owes his life to a defibrillator. We sincerely hope the machine we have bought and donated will never be used, but this is about giving reassurance to people in our community. We want people who the Community Sports Trust work with to know they can have ready access to a defibrillator.”
Formed in 2001, the Community Sports Trust stages a wide range of sporting events in partnership with businesses, schools and community organisations.