Machine donated in memory of fan
A defibrillator machine has been donated to Huddersfield Town in the memory of fan Alan Bates.
Alan, 65, tragically died last year on the day of his daughter’s wedding when he suffered a fatal heart attack during his father of the bride speech.
A year on, the wedding party and guests have fundraised for a defibrillator in memory of Mr Bates, to be given to his beloved Huddersfield Town.
Alan’s daughter Charlotte Galbraith and son Matthew visited the Club’s training ground Canalside to hand over the machine and are pictured with Manager Mark Robins and Head of Medical James Haycock.
The £1,800 needed to purchase the De-Fib machine from Community Heartbeat was raised after Charlotte and her husband, their best man, two bridesmaids and some wedding guests ran the Leeds Abbey Dash, dressed in Huddersfield Town shirts.
Huddersfield Town Manager Mark Robins said:
“The story regarding Charlotte’s father is deeply harrowing and I was very sorry to hear what had happened.
“On behalf of the football club I would like to thank Charlotte, Matthew and their family and friends for thinking of the football club and raising the money for the machine. It may one day save a life.”
The machine will be situated in Canalside’s Stripes Gym where it will be on hand to assist the First Team, Development Squad, Academy players and customers in case of an emergency.