Orton on a mission to save lives

Pictured with the new defibrillator are, from the left: Tony Lyons from Brighouse Town, Lee Orton, Kathryn Hall manager of Yorkshire Building Society (Brighouse), Tom Whitwam of Yorkshire Building Society
Pictured with the new defibrillator are, from the left: Tony Lyons from Brighouse Town, Lee Orton, Kathryn Hall manager of Yorkshire Building Society (Brighouse), Tom Whitwam of Yorkshire Building Society

Former Brighouse Town player Lee Orton has teamed up with the Brighouse branch of the Yorkshire Building Society to present Brighouse Town FC with a brand new defibrillator.

Orton founded the charity Goals 4 Hearts after he was resuscitated with a defibrillatorat the end of August last year, when playing for Aimbry. His heart stopped for several minutes but he was saved by former nurse Mark Martin.

Helped by Aimbry player Simon West, Mr Martin carried out cardiac massage on the player for more than 10 minutes before he was resuscitated by paramedics armed with a defibrillator.

Lee had a pacemaker fitted and is now devoting much of his time to the appealwith his partner Laura.

“Our aim is to get defibrillators to every football team and games across Brighouse and Huddersfield, for all ages,” said Orton. “We also want to provide training as well as first-aid training.

“Each defibrillator costs about £1500, so this is very much a long-term project, but already people are coming forward to help.”

Kathryn Hall, manager of Yorkshire Building Society’s Brighouse branch said: “We’re delighted that our Charitable Foundation is able to fund two of the defibrillators as we all have a friend or family member who plays in an amateur league and are glad to know that they are always well protected and help is close by.”