Pendle parents hit by tragedy aim to buy defibrillator

Philip Wright who died in the crash

Philip Wright who died in the crash

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FUNDRAISING night to help buy a defibrillator for a sports club set up in the name of a Colne man killed in a car crash is to take place this weekend.

The parents of Colne sportsman Philip Wright aim to raise enough funds to buy the life-saving equipment for the Philip Wright Crown Green Bowling Academy.

Daryl and Jane Wright’s son died in July 2009 aged 25, along with his friends Tom Petty, also 25, and his girlfriend Jessica Foxley, 21, when their car hit a wall in Skipton Old Road. Now they want to install a defibrillator at the academy, based at Thomas Street Bowling Club, Nelson, because Philip’s cousin, Craig Russell, collapsed and died during a football match at Sough Park in 2007, aged 23.

The Sunday League goalkeeper, of Glen Street, Colne, collapsed 65 minutes into Trawden FC’s game against Nelson’s Walton FC.

Despite frantic efforts by fellow players and emergency workers to revive him, Craig died later at Burnley General Hospital but doctors were left baffled by what could have caused his sudden death.

An inquest heard that his body showed no abnormalities and extensive further tests failed to reveal anything wrong.

Experts believed the former Park High School pupil died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, an undiagnosed natural cause of death.

Tomorrow, a race night will take place at Colne Cricket Club, with entry £1. Doors open at 7pm and the first race is at 8pm.

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