More than £1,000 raised for football club manager and player who is recovering well after heart attack during league game
PUBLISHED: 12:35 20 November 2019
£1,165 has been raised for the player/manager of March Academy Reserves who is "recovering extremely well" after he suffered a heart attack during an away match against Chatteris Town A's.
Matt Powell is in recovery following the Mead Plant & Grab Division fixture in the Cambridgeshire County League which was abandoned at half time as an air ambulance landed to treat him.
A GoFundMe page was then set up by teammate Aaron Yeomans. Mr Powell, who has been with the team for four years, is unable to work while he recovers but teammates say "the progress Matt has made over the last week is nothing short of a miracle.
"His fight, strength and determination is matched to that of those who fought determinedly and heroicly to resuscitate Matt and give him, his family and friends the precious gift of his life."
When setting up the fundraising page, Mr Yeomans said: "Our coach, our brother, our friend, Matt Powell, had an unfortunate and life changing heart attack.
"With the help of some amazing friends, the air ambulance crew, doctors and nurses, he is set to make a recovery but this comes at such an unfortunate time.
"Matt will, regrettably, be off work for the foreseeable future and over Christmas until he makes a full recovery.
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"He has amazing children and an incredible wife who could really do with the support from you all and not have to worry about money and the financial uncertainty at this time.
"Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you. One club, one football family."
A statement on the club's website reads: "On behalf of the club and the family we would like to express our gratitude to all coaches, players, officials and supporters of both March Academy FC and Chatteris Town FC for their swift actions and for everything they did.
"Thank you to all friends at Chatteris Town FC for their tremendous help and support for one of our club family members.
"Special thanks also to the emergency responders, ambulance crew and the air ambulance for all that they did. What an amazing, life-saving job they do.
"In particular, the family are eternally grateful to Jeff Asher and Russell Armstrong for their heroic efforts.
"The club will continue to support the family and all others affected by the unfortunate incident. We are one club, one family, one community.
"Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Matt and his family at this extremely difficult time. Get well soon and speedy recovery Matt from all your football family."
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/f/xmas-for-our-coach-and-family?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet