IT has been an emotional rollercoaster getting to this point but last week saw the final primary schools in Warrington being handed life-saving equipment.
Ten defibrillators were handed out after fundraisers have helped the charity Ciaran’s Cause collect thousands of pounds.
Set up after the tragic death of Locking Stumps schoolboy Ciaran Latham-Geddes in 2012, the seven-year-old’s mum Marika said she did not want to any other family to go through the pain she did after her son collapsed during a kickabout with friends.
The presentation to St Helen's, St Pauls of the Cross, Evelyn Street, St Monica's, St Joseph's, Our Lady's, St Thomas, Park Road, Green Lane and Alderman Bolton means every primary school in the town now has a defibrillator.
Charity ambassadors Peter Kindness, director of Wedi UK Systems, Ben Harrison and athlete Iwan Thomas via videolink also attended the presentation as the charity launched its partnership with Cheshire FA and plans to now provide defibrillators for every grassroots club in the town in memory of football-mad Ciaran.
Marika, who handed out the final defibs weeks before the second anniversary of Ciaran’s death on April 17, added: “I’ve been holding back the tears today and I feel so proud that Cheshire FA have come on board too.
“It’s amazing now to have charity ambassadors like Ben, Iwan and Peter and we feel like we can go from strength to strength.
“To do what we have now makes the second phase feel achievable providing to just over 400 clubs.”
Simon Gerrard, chief executive from Cheshire FA, said they were happy to support an ‘extremely worthwhile cause’.
He added: “No child should ever go out to play football and never come home to his family and when we heard what Marika and the charity had done in such a short space of time we thought it was inspirational.
“Ciaran had such a love for the game and as the national governing body we thought it was a cause we should be supporting and lending our assistance to for the first time ever.”