Boy, 7, raises thousands for defibrillators after Christian Eriksen collapse

A seven-year-old boy touched by Christian Eriksen’s heart attack at Euro 2020 has raised thousands of pounds for defibrillators in his local area.

Oscar Jones, from Cheshire, is aiming to run a mile a day for 26 days – but has already smashed his fundraising target with the help of hundreds of donors.

The young footballer’s marathon effort was inspired by the collapse of Denmark star Eriksen, who went into cardiac arrest during a match against Finland last Saturday – sending shockwaves through the world of sport. A defibrillator is credited with saving the 29-year-old midfielder’s life, aided by quick-thinking team mates and medical staff.

Oscar initially hoped to get enough money together for a defibrillator for his local side, but he now expects to help a minimum of five for the local community, after raising nearly £5,300 by Friday morning.

His Dad Ben explained: ‘Myself and Oscar had a conversation about what had happened to Eriksen. Oscar’s reply was what if this happened to someone in our football team?

‘A truly horrible thing to even think about but something we can actually do something about. So Oscar wants to raise money for a team defibrillator.’

‘Please help us raise as much money as possible towards our target and if we make more money than what our team needs then we will look into other defibrillators for the Cuddington/Sandiway area.’

But after smashing through the target, his Dad added: ‘Thank you so much for the donations, it has exceeded all our expectations.

‘The one defibrillator we wanted to raise has now become a minimum of five for our local community.’

The devices, which are easy to use, can spark an unresponsive heart back to life through an electric shock.

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