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WAYNE’S FUND PAYS OFF AS TEACHER’S LIFE IS SAVED


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fund set up in memory of an Abbots Langley man‟s dead brother has provided


equipment which recently saved the life of a teacher in Watford. Glynn Pope‟s brother Wayne was a fit and


healthy 30-year-old when he collapsed and died of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in 2005. The Pope family hold an annual bike ride to


raise money for Wayne‟s Fund, which puts heart defibrillators in local schools. Their efforts paid off when Anthony Taylor from Francis Combe Academy, in Garston, collapsed last month. Mr Taylor, 60, suffered a heart attack while


teaching and would have died if it wasn‟t for the £1,500 defibrillator given to the school by Wayne‟s Fund. Glynn, 30, who works at Your Move estate


agents in the village, said: “When we started the fund we always said that even if we save one life it will be worth all the hard work we‟ve put in. “When we were told the machine had saved Mr


Taylor‟s life our whole family was overwhelmed. “We‟ve met Mr Taylor since the incident. He‟s a


lovely man who used to teach Wayne so it was a very emotional moment. We‟ve been contacted by 12 schools and a police station which are interested in the defibrillators since the news broke.” Francis Combe Academy Vice-Principal Steve


McShannon gave Mr Taylor the life-saving treatment. He said: “The defibrillator has been kept in our reception area since it was donated. “I‟ve always found it reassuring that it‟s there but after what‟s happened it‟s taken on a real


Glynn Pope (left) pictured with his dad.


importance because we know it saves lives and is easy to use. Mr McShannon recalled the dramatic moments


that saved Mr Taylor‟s life. He said: “I was in a classroom just after midday with my colleague Sarah Whitman when we were told Anthony had collapsed. I‟d spoken to him earlier that morning and he said he had not slept well because of chest pains. We just grabbed the defibrillator machine and ran to where Anthony was. “He had no pulse and we immediately used the


machine to apply shocks to get his heart going again. Then the paramedics arrived and took Anthony to the hospital and thankfully he‟s now making a good recovery.” For more information or to make a donation to


Wayne ' s Fund, emai l Glynn on glynn.pope@hotmail.com or pop a donation in to any Your Move office in the Watford area.


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