Millwall will be marking ‘World Heart Day’ when Barnsley visit The Den on Saturday 30th September (kick-off 3pm).
After surviving cardiac arrest at the age of just 19, former Lions Academy graduate Tobi Alabi founded the ‘Heart4More Foundation’, and his team have since worked tirelessly to promote the need for CPR education both in football and the wider community and to highlight how heart conditions are not solely a problem for the elderly or unfit.
On average 15 seemingly healthy children lose their lives through cardiac arrest every week in the UK – with over half of those occurring in schools. High profile cases in sport over recent years have also served to highlight the need for those both on and off the pitch to understand what cardiac arrest is and what to do to help should one occur.
Key to Heart4More’s exceptional work has been to work closely with football’s governing bodies and club Academies to train young players how to perform CPR. Millwall are now becoming the first club in England to promote their public Cardiac Awareness Campaign – starting ahead of the Barnsley game.
Heart4More will have a marquee set up outside The Den where volunteers from the organisation will be on hand to train as many fans as possible how to perform CPR, so please come along, show your support and learn how to save a life.
Alabi’s team hope that this workshop will take the number of people they have trained in CPR to over 25,000.
Cardiac Awareness workshops can be booked through the Foundation and as a registered charity they also raise funds to donate workshops and defibrillators to local schools, community centres and grassroots sports clubs. Heart4More volunteers will also be holding a bucket collection ahead of Millwall’s game against The Tykes so fans are encouraged to be as superbly generous as always in support.
Find out more about the Heart4More foundation by visiting heart4more.org.uk.