Memory of ex-Billericay Town boss Justin Edinburgh lives on thanks to donation of defibrillators

Handover - Charlie Edinburgh (left) and Billericay Town player-manager Jamie O'Hara Picture: NICKY HAYES/iCORE LTD

Article by Danny Rust: Strides have been taken to save lives in Billericay thanks to two defibrillators being donated by the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation.

Basildon-born Justin, who began his playing career with Southend United before going onto enjoy success in the top-flight of English football at Tottenham Hotspur, suffered a cardiac arrest while at the gym last June and died five days later aged just 49.

In a bid to turn this tragic event into something positive, the ex-Billericay Town manager’s family set up the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation.

Remembered - Justin Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh

The foundation’s aim is to support heart health charities and campaign for legislative change - through Justin’s Law - which would make it compulsory for all health, fitness and sports facilities to be equipped with a public access defibrillator.

The Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation has now donated a defibrillator to Billericay Town and the town’s Toni & Guy hair salon, where Justin was a business partner for 18 years.

Justin’s son, Charlie Edinburgh, was pleased to visit Billericay’s New Lodge stadium to make the donation to the club. He said:

“Billericay is a place close to my heart and the club meant such a considerable amount to dad. He was forever grateful to Billericay for giving him his first role in management, so we wanted to give back to the club. For me to go there, along with the Foundation’s trustees, and see some familiar faces from when I was a young boy was great. It was so comforting to see them and I was proud to give something back. It’s great to do something to potentially save a life and that is part of dad’s legacy at New Lodge now. I know how proud dad would be of us and our work with the Foundation.”

 

Cardiac arrest victims who are treated with CPR and a defibrillator within five minutes increase their chances of survival from just six per cent to 74 per cent.

The Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation has also donated a defibrillator to the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club, with the life-saving equipment being stored in the Justin Edinburgh Stand at Brisbane Road. He added:

“Dad was a business partner at Toni & Guy in the High Street, so we wanted to give something back to them. It’s brilliant that we have a defibrillator at New Lodge now, but that’s off the beaten track and we wanted to help the local community.”

Billericay Town has donated £1,490 to the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation.

To donate to the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation, click here.

Article by Danny Rust, The Echo