7 October 2016
A Wirral photographer whose life was saved by British Red Cross volunteers at a Tranmere Rovers match will raise money for the charity by doing a sponsored walk to the stadium on Monday (10 October), a year to the day after the incident.
Football photographer Tony Taylor collapsed after a heart attack outside Prenton Park, following the match against Eastleigh on 10 October last year.
British Red Cross volunteers Matt Jones and Colin Stokes were also leaving the match, when 53-year-old Tony from Leasowe collapsed in front of them.
Event first aid volunteers who attend every Tranmere home match along with public events such as the Great North Run, Matt and Colin performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Tony in the car park at Prenton Park until the North West Ambulance Service could arrive.
After a triple heart bypass operation and a month at Liverpool’s Broadgreen hospital, Tony was reunited with the men he calls his heroes last year, where he was able to hear for the first time how Matt and Colin’s training saved his life.
Since then, Tony has been committed to volunteering and raising money for the vital work that the British Red Cross does.
On Monday, he’ll take part in a sponsored walk from Prenton Park to Broadgreen Hospital to raise money for the charity.
“I’m so lucky that Matt and Colin were there a year ago – knowing I wouldn’t be here without them is a strange feeling, and meeting them was one of my biggest priorities once I got out of hospital.
“Through my personal experience, I have learned so much about the extensive and important work that the British Red Cross does.
“I now want to do all I can to raise awareness of, and offer support to, the charity which has helped save my life. And I hope the walk I’m doing raises as much money as possible for this vital organisation.”
You can sponsor Tony at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tony-taylor15.
Notes to editors
1. Photos attached (Tony at meeting with British Red Cross volunteers Colin Stokes (grey shirt) and Matthew Jones (white shirt) in Heswall in December 2015)
2. The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. We also teach first aid skills. We are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. We refuse to ignore people in crisis. For more information, please visit our website
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