Life-saving equipment donated for Rugby people in memory of Lawrence Sheriff School student Joe Spooner

Training started last week.
Training started last week.

Life-saving equipment has been donated to Rugby Lions Football Club in memory of a much-loved teenager who died.

Supporting the national cardiac charity SADS UK, Joe Spooner’s parents Tracey and Stephen donated a defibrillator to Rugby Lions Football Club.

Their son was just 15 when he died from a heart condition.

Since his death, his parents have worked tirelessly to raise the funds to bring defibrillators to the community.

The equipment works to restore the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest, and the earlier a defibrillator is used the better the chance of survival.

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: “SADS UK is pleased the Rugby Lions Football Club will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest.

“Using CPR alone provides a five per cent chance of survival, but using the defibrillator as well increases the chance of survival to over 50 per cent.”

Anne said this is why SADS UK and its members are so passionate about putting this life-saving equipment in place.

SADS UK Big Shock Campaign to make defibrillators available in all schools has the support of the ambulance services and, most recently, Dame Helen Mirren who heads the charity’s defibrillator leaflet urging for defibrillators to be in place in all schools to save lives.

After meeting policymakers, SADS UK is pleased that the Department for Education is advising schools about defibrillators.

For more information about providing a defibrillator, telephone SADS UK 01277 811215, email or visit