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Dale Tennent-Butler family organises charity football tournament
The family of a teenager who collapsed while playing football have organised a charity football tournament to raise money for a defibrillator and heart screenings in Kings Langley.
The 6-a-side tournament, which is being held at Kings Langley Football Club, has been 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 tournament will be held on Saturday, June 14, and aims to raise more than £5,000, £1,200 of which will be spent on a defibrillator for the Gaywood Park football club.
Once the defibrillator has been bought, the rest of the money will go towards the Dale Butler Memorial Fund.
Mrs Shona Butler said she is looking forward to the event, which is expected to be well attended.
She said: "I'm a little bit apprehensive at the moment because it is getting into quite a big event with more than 30 teams. But I’m very excited.
"I think we are just building up to the event.
"Hopefully, it will be a really big success. If it is successful, we hope to do it every year.
The teenager, of Blackwell Road, died at Watford General Hospital after attempts were made to resuscitate him at the scene.
Ms Butler, 47-years-old, added that a defibrillator had been vital in the miraculous recovery of ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder, Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed after suffering cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur.
"There were medical people on site and they had access to a defibrillator. Even the paramedics said he was gone.
"Maybe if they had had one down in Bushey, in those vital minutes where we were waiting for an ambulance, it could have made a massive difference, but you can never be certain.
"We just don’t want any children or families to go through what we are going through."
The family are then hoping that the events on the day itself will raise more than £4,500, which will pay for the screening of 200 children at the Common Lane school.
The date for the heart-screenings has been confirmed as Saturday, November 15, and Sunday, November 16, at Kings Langley Secondary School, Common Lane.
Each player will have to pay £5 and it is hoped that the players’ entry fees will cover the costs of the defibrillator.
Shona said: "We should get the defibrillator just about covered.
"We need to raise £4,500 for the heart screenings."
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