Referee airlifted to hospital after collapsing during charity football match in Weston

PUBLISHED: 12:49 23 July 2018

The referee was airlifted to Weston General Hospital. Picture: Weston Crusaders JFC

The referee was airlifted to Weston General Hospital. Picture: Weston Crusaders JFC

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A man was airlifted to hospital yesterday (Sunday) after collapsing while refereeing a charity football match in Weston-super-Mare.

The referee was airlifted to Weston General Hospital. Picture: Weston Crusaders JFCThe referee was airlifted to Weston General Hospital. Picture: Weston Crusaders JFC

The match was held at Baytree Rec, but it was halted when the man collapsed at around noon.

He was taken to Weston General Hospital in a helicopter.

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 12.05pm on Sunday and attended with an air ambulance, an operations officer and two ambulances.

“One patient was taken to Weston hospital via air.”

The ambulance service gave no further details on the man’s condition.

Weston Crusaders JFC vice chairman Andy Blackmore, who was watching the game, said the incident highlighted his club’s need for a defibrillator, which it has been raising money for.

He said: “Yesterday’s events at Baytree highlight the need for a defibrillator, a much needed piece of equipment that can save lives.

“Our thoughts are with the referee and we hope he makes a full recovery. Also, thanks go to the paramedics and air ambulance who attended.”

To support Weston Crusaders’ defibrillator fund, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westoncrusadersdefibrillatorfund?utm_id=1&utm_term=z4V6eJzgR

The club is also selling tickets to the 90’s Rewind event at The Grand Pier in September, with a share of the money raised going to the defibrillator fund. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Weston-Crusaders-JFC-381154837360/

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