New heart machine for Mark’s old school

Photo: David Hurst'Chorley man, Paul Bottomley organises an annual fishing competition in memory of his son who died of a heart attack and this year raised enough to buy defibrillators for Duke Street Primary School, represented by Headmaster Andrew Kidd, left, Charnock Richard FC, represented by Chairman Shaun Tootell, centre, and Highfield Primary School, represented by Deputy Head Jane Smethurst, right
Photo: David Hurst'Chorley man, Paul Bottomley organises an annual fishing competition in memory of his son who died of a heart attack and this year raised enough to buy defibrillators for Duke Street Primary School, represented by Headmaster Andrew Kidd, left, Charnock Richard FC, represented by Chairman Shaun Tootell, centre, and Highfield Primary School, represented by Deputy Head Jane Smethurst, right
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The family of a teenager who died just days before his 16th birthday are taking steps to save the lives of others.

Mark Bottomley, deputy head boy at Southlands High School, died on December 30, 2010 from a rare virus affecting his heart.

Since then, his father, Paul, has been raising money in his memory for charity.

He is currently raising money to prevent SADS (sudden arrhythmic death syndrome), which is premature sudden cardiac death.

And on Friday he handed over potentially life-saving defibrillators to Duke Street Primary School, which Mark attended, and Charnock Richard FC, where he played.

Paul, of Doris Street, Chorley, said: “I want to give something back to the community. These could save another child’s life.

“If I can save someone’s life by having these defibrillators at these clubs and schools, then that’s great.”

Paul, 57, has been raising money by holding annual fishing matches in memory of Mark, as he loved to fish.

Money from the first events were given to Derian House children’s hospice.

This year’s match was held at Bannister House Farm and raised more than £500.

A further £200 came from a raffle at the Bay Leaves restaurant and Mark’s uncle, Stephen Hall, from Coppull, made a donation.

As well as buying the two defibrillators, Paul has given £200 to fund-raising for a defibrillator at Highfield Primary School.

Paul has been working with Mark King, who set up The Oliver King Foundation in Liverpool in memory of his 12-year-old son who died from SADS during a school swimming lesson.

A defibrillator has already been donated to Southlands High School.

And Paul is determined to continue fund-raising for more defibrillators in the next year.