‘It’s a gift we hope we never have to use’ - Horsford Bowls Club gets lifesaving equipment after popular player dies of heart attack
PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 March 2014
A man whose sudden death shocked his village bowls club will be remembered by lifesaving equipment installed in his honour.
Ted Cheney collapsed at Horsford Bowls Club after a major heart attack last October.
Club members fought to save him and paramedics managed to restore a heartbeat, but the 81-year-old died three days later at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital - on October 28, 2013.
Mr Cheney, who was known to his friends as Teddy, was a popular figure and donations at his wake totalled more than £1,400.
His widow Liz, 74, decided the best tribute to him would be to buy a defibrillator to install at his beloved club, and it was presented to members this week.
Close friend Malcolm Makins, who was introduced to bowls by Mr Cheney. said: “It’s a gift we hope we never have to use, but if we do they will be in a much better state than if we didn’t have one.
“We can take comfort in that.
“Anyone who does use it stands the best chance of recovery.
“At the end of the day if we save a life it’s all worth it.”
The presentation evening was held at Horsford Bowls Club House in Sandy Lane on Monday.
More than three dozen people attended, and Mr Makins said this was testament to how popular Mr Cheney was at the club.
“Even when Teddy didn’t feel able to play he came across and made sure everybody was playing right,” he added. “We had many happy times here.”
Mrs Cheney was presented with a bouquet of flowers after club president David Claxton gave a short speech.
She said: “The members have all been such a great support to me and they have helped me through.
“I’m always made welcome when I come here.
“Ted had his close friends, but they were all his friends.
“He was that sort of person.”
Mr Cheney had been a member of the club for more than 20 years, and Mr Claxton said he was “always a jovial chap and there was always a joke”.
Money for the defibrillator was raised at Mr Cheney’s funeral on November 11, 2013.
Using the lifesaving kit requires no training so anyone can use them and they can help save lives in up to half of cardiac arrests.
It is hoped that having a defibrillator at the bowls club will help anybody suffering cardiac arrest to get treatment more quickly.
And if CPR is administered within five minutes of the cardiac arrest, the survival rate is 50% higher.
Mrs Cheney hailed Malcolm, John, Dennis and David along with their partners and others at Horsford Bowls Club for their support and friendship.