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Beach hero wants to buy defibs to avoid tragedies in future

Beach hero wants to buy defibs to avoid tragedies in future

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

A MAN who tried to save the life of a man on Crosby beach in July wants to get defibrillators installed along the coastal front.

Steven Calder, 37, was one of the people who ran over to help when five men were rescued from the water on July 20.

The taxi driver from Netherton helped perform CPR on student Hamza Mansoor, 22, but sadly it wasn’t enough and he passed away.

Steven wants to help buy three defibrillators to be placed near the beach, with plans to install one in Waterloo, Crosby and Hightown.

He has teamed up with Hampers sandwich shop, on St John’s Road, in order to raise money to purchase the defibs and this Saturday (September 11), they have organised a walk up Mount Snowdon.

There are more than 50 people already signed up for the challenge, but anyone still interested are welcome to sign up by either calling 07847 311 306 or pop into Hampers to ask for more information.

Steven also wants to launch a charity, called Awareness and Prevention of Drowning Foundation, to stage more fundraising and awareness events in the future.

Steven said: “After the incident on Crosby beach, we are climbing Snowdon to raise awareness of the dangers of swimming in open water.

“We are hoping to raise money to provide our beaches with much needed defibrillators and essential first aid kits around the beaches’ hotspots.

“Snowdon will be our first official fundraiser followed by more events in the following few months.

“I have been working closely with Crosby Eats and Hampers, who have given me the help and backing to set up this charity.

“To anyone who would like to join us, there are still a number of seats available.”

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