Family of Michael Palmer begin donation of defibrillators
On Saturday 25th February, Michael Palmer (23) tragically collapsed and lost his life following a cardiac arrest while playing for Crowland Town Reserves FC in a match against Leverington Town Reserves FC. Attempts were made to save Michael, but he sadly never regained consciousness.
Michael’s family set up a Crowdfunding page to purchase mobile defibrillators for local football teams that can be taken pitch side. Having set an initial target of £2,000 to purchase two defibrillators, the appeal has so far outstandingly raised nearly £14,000.
Now, in partnership with ‘London Hearts’, they have recently delivered 8 defibrillators to Crowland, Tydd, Sutton Bridge, Holbeach Bank, Orton Rangers, PBC Swimming Club and Leverington.
With the current funds and with the family’s personal commitment to another 6 defibs, they aim to deliver 25 defibrillators and cases in 2023. The more they raise, the higher that number increases and the more chance somebody’s life is saved if the time comes that a defib is needed.
Mike Palmer, Father of Michael, said:
“I truly do not want my story, to become, someone else’s story. I truly feel like I also died in the ambulance with Michael, and but for the support of family, friends, sponsors, colleagues, and the football community I doubt that MP99 would be giving me the strength and focus to make a change. A change that will only be truly fully recognised when referees carry a defib with them to every game and every event, at all levels.”
To donate to the fundraiser in memory of Michael Palmer, please click below and donate what you can for this inspirational and life-changing cause: