Stars sup­port

Leicester Mercury - - Charity News - By STAFF RE­PORTER

FOR­MER Leices­ter City stars Steve Walsh and Muzzy Izzet are do­ing their bit to help make grass­roots foot­ball safer.

Steve and Muzzy, who run the Ad­vanced Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Acad­emy, in Whet­sone – have taken on re­spon­si­bil­ity for look­ing af­ter a de­fib­ril­la­tor pre­vi­ously housed in a med­i­cal room at the neigh­bour­ing Blaby Whet­stone Boys Club.

Its new site means it is ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic round the clock.

Steve and Muzzy have also ar­ranged for club mem­bers to re­ceive Joe’s Mini HeartS­tart For Sports Club train­ing – which will cover car­dio-pul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) and how to use a de­fib­ril­la­tor,

It is be­ing pro­vided free by a car­diac spe­cial­ist from the Joe Humphries Me­mo­rial Trust (JHMT).

Steve said: “We’ve taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for look­ing af­ter the de­fib­ril­la­tor in its new po­si­tion, where it will be avail­able to the whole com­mu­nity.

“It’s now right out­side the re­cep­tion at our club.

“JHMT gen­er­ously pro­vided an ex­ter­nal box to help us keep the de­fib­ril­la­tor safe and we have a spon­sor – Ian Colt­man from busi­ness Mint Man­u­fac­tur­ing – who has do­nated £250 to­wards the up­keep of the de­fib, to help pay for things like re­place­ment pads and bat­tery, which are needed ev­ery few years.

“Af­ter see­ing what hap­pened to young Joe Humphries and Alan Birch-

IN­STALLED: Muzzy and Steve with play­ers and char­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives

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