Shrewsbury Walking Footballers receive awardThree members of Shrewsbury Walking Football Club have received an award after saving the life of a fellow player.

Norman Pryce, David Walker and Mick Lewis have all been awarded the Resuscitation Certificate from the Royal Humane Society in recognition of their actions on a wet, windy morning last year. The football club were playing outdoors as usual on 17 Novemeber when the drama unfolded.

After a short ten minute break of play, Ray Moreland was seen to be in some difficulty by Norman and David, two of the club’s first aiders. Ray was sitting on the ground and breathing abnormally. Norman and David placed Ray in the recovery position with an emergency foil blanket to keep him warm but soon observed him drifting out of consciousness and even more concerning, David believed Ray had stopped breathing. Norman and David used their first aid training to start CPR, assisted by Mick. Thankfully, ten minutes later Ray began to breathe again, just as the ambulance crew arrived.

The three men were praised by medical staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for their ministrations of CPR and the handover to the medical professionals, as well as the communication maintained with the operator throughout the whole incident.

Ray Moreland, who continues to recover well, said: ‘Words are totally inadequate to sum up what I feel. The team of Norman, Dave and Mick saved my life. I get tearful about it every time I reflect on their efforts. We have built up firm friendships playing walking football. Thanks for your support and for giving me back the rest of my life.’

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said: ‘It’s really nice to see Norman, David and Mick being commended for their heroic actions and the courage and quick thinking they demonstrated. This is just one example of how valuable volunteers are and the importance of having first aiders on site.

'First aid is one of the most popular training courses we offer our volunteers. We have strict regulations as a charity about training volunteers, but these skills can be applied to everyday life, outside of volunteering and the work environment. I would urge everyone to enrol on a first aid course. You never know when someone may need your help.’

The football club, who play once a week at Monkmoor Recreation Ground, behind the Shrewsbury Training and Development Centre, are holding a buffet and presentation awards ceremony on Thursday 27 July at 12.30pm at the Abbey Pub in Monkmoor Road for the three men. The certificates will be presented by Susan Stefiuk, Senior Coordinator for Wellbeing & friendship services for Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

The over 55’s club was first set up by Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin in October 2013. Walking football is aimed at those people who want to continue to play football or return to the sport at a much slower pace, enabling you to keep up your football skills, stay fit, have fun and socialise.

To find out more about Shrewsbury Walking Football Club or any of our other activities and events, call Susan Stefiuk on 01743 233 123.

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