Kieran was just 13 years of age when he collapsed after having a cardiac arrest whilst training for Dunbeth FC. Unfortunately, on that tragic evening there was no defibrillator nearby to help Kieran.
Since Kieran's passing, Pc Murphy and a fellow coach decided to start a foundation so that we could raise funds to purchase defibrillators. The Kieran McDade Foundation.
These defibrillators are purchased and thereafter supplied to children’s football clubs so that if the unthinkable was to happen again then the lifesaving equipment would be at hand.
To date the Foundation has supplied 20 defibrillators to several football clubs, including Thrapston juniors in England who unfortunately had an identical tragic event. They are anticipating that with current fundraising and the below event they will be ordering another 10 in the very near future.
Unfortunately, these incidents are far more common than you would believe so the more of these lifesaving defibrillators that can supplied the better. The piece of equipment costs on average £1000 and every penny raised goes towards purchasing them.
On the 3rd August 2017, Pc Derek Murphy along with Scott McCloy who is also a serving police officer and three other coaches from Dunbeth FC will be undertaking a charity cycle.
The cycle will commence at Dunbeth Park, Coatbridge, which is where Kieran was took unwell, and will finish at The Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where Kieran attended his last game of football. The aim is to complete this in 3 days covering a total of just under 250 miles.
For five guys who have only recently taken up cycling, I'm sure you will agree it will be tough.
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