Leeds footballers tackle 150-mile walk to buy defibrillators

Fundraisers at Tingley Athletic Football Club.
Fundraisers at Tingley Athletic Football Club.
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YOUNG sports stars swapped the football pitch for footpaths as they tackled a gruelling 150-mile charity walk.

The team of 13 fundraisers from Tingley Athletic Football Club walked from the club at Casson Avenue to Bridlington and back to raise money for two defibrillators for the local community.

The four-day challenge was organised by manager and coach Mick Asquith, who was born with heart problems and has an internal defibrillator fitted in his chest.

Mick, 39, said: “Defibrillators are so important because anyone anywhere can go into cardiac arrest.

“You could be walking your dog, playing sports or anything.

“After collapsing five years ago at home I have my own defibrillator fitted but it’s so important to have the equipment available for everyone as you never know when you might need them.”

Speaking about the walk, Mick added: “It was brilliant.

“Some of the team had up to 11 blisters afterwards though! “But it’s all for a good cause and if you can save someone’s life it’s worth it.”

So far the team has exceeded the original target of £5,000 and raised £6,100 for the defibrillators, which will be located near the club.

The Team Tingley walkers were also joined by south Leeds fundraiser Cody Hartley for the last 30 miles.

The team was greeted with a round of applause and a welcome party when they arrived back at the club on Monday.

Dawn Hemmins, club secretary, said: “It’s a crazy idea but it’s for a fantastic cause!

“It has brought together a lot of people.”