Dale Tennent-Butler memorial football tournament raises £3,500

Dale Tennent-Butler memorial football tournament raises £3,500

Dale Tennent-Butler memorial football tournament raises £3,500

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The family of a teenager who collapsed while playing football has donated a defibrillator to Kings Langley Football Club after raising more than £3,500 at a charity football tournament.

The 6-a-side tournament, was held at Kings Langley Football Club, Gaywood Park, and was organised by the family of Dale Tennent-Butler - an 18-year-old who died in hospital after playing in a Powerleague football game in December 2009.

The inquest into the death of the former Kings Langley Secondary School pupil found that he died from natural causes, but it was also attributed to Sudden Arythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) - a term used to describe sudden cardiac death.

The defibrillator cost just under £1,500 and the rest of the money raised throughout the day will go towards CRY, who will carry out heart screenings for children at Kings Langley Secondary School.

In a joint statement, Ian and Shona Butler said: "We would just like to say a huge thank you to Kings Langley Football Club, the referees and teams along with friends and family who gave their time to support the event."

"Zola’s Appreciation Society" won the tournament and were presented with the Dale Butler Cup by Aston Villa defender Lewis Kinsella.

Watford FC players Tommie Hoban and Luke O’Nein also attended the event.

The date for the heart-screenings has been confirmed as Saturday, November 15, and Sunday, November 16, at Kings Langley Secondary School, Common Lane.

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