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Eastern Green Village Hall is a venue that holds a special place in the heart of didi rugby Coventry head coach Sophie Gulliver.
Following the unexpected sudden passing of one of her friends, Ella, due to a cardiac arrest, she was determined to do whatever she could to support her family.
Mum Karen soon set up a fund in her daughter’s name to raise money for defibrillators in more public places and Sophie got right behind those efforts.
The didi rugby coach was desperate to do whatever she could to help, especially when she attended a first aid course and found out how few schools have defibrillators in place.
Working with Karen and SADS UK (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome), Sophie hosted a three-hour dance-a-thon which raised £2,000 and covered the cost of a defibrillator and cabinet to hold it in.
That defibrillator is now at Eastern Green Village Hall, where didi classes take place, and Sophie says she is happy to see it there.
“It is an added reassurance to parents knowing that we have this type of life-saving equipment at every didi session at Eastern Green Village Hall,” she said.
“There are obviously personal reasons too for my keenness to get as many defibrillators in as many places as possible and I intend to keep working with Karen so we can raise more money to do so.”
Previous fund-raising efforts by Karen have enabled her to also just donate a second defibrillator to Coventry Rugby Club, a place which hosted the launch of didi rugby back in June.
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