Townville fundraisers are all heart

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A football club raised more than £800 for a heart charity - just a year after its chairman had a heart attack that nearly cost him his life.

Townville Allstars raised the cash at its red-themed event for the British Heart Foundation, which included a sponsored leg wax, horse race competition, tombola and performances from singers Dan Jacobs and Shirley Scott.

The club organised the event after its chairman Brian King had a heart attack last year while he was at work.

His heart stopped beating for 40 minutes but paramedics managed to revive him and he was taken to hospital where he had a life-saving double heart bypass.

Mr King, 44, of Kendal Drive, Castleford, said: “The event went very well and I was very proud of everyone at the club because they all mucked in and everyone worked really hard to make it happen.

“When I was recovering in hospital I realised all the good work that the charity does so it was a nice thing to organise.

“Not everyone is as fortunate as I was after my heart attack, so it’s important to fundraise for the charity so it can continue its work.

“If it wasn’t for them it would be harder for people like me, especially with the recovery process.”

Louise Sellars, the club’s fundraising executive, said: “The evening was a great success enjoyed by everyone.

“The coaches were great sports in letting us wax their legs and the event was a good way for us to show our appreciation to a charity for its continuous good work.

“On behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who came to support the event.”

Mr King, who is also the club’s under 14s coach, runs a walking football team at the club.

The team trains every Saturday from 2pm at Glass Houghton Sports Centre.

Mr King hopes that through future matches against other walking football teams, more money will be raised for the charity.

The club is also hoping to organise a walking football tournament to raise funds.

For more information about the club, email sellarslouise@gmail.com