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13 JAN

Five defibs installed in Macca’s memory

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A total of five life-saving pieces of equipment have been installed in a Moorlands town in memory of a much-loved resident. David McNeaney, known as Macca to his friends, sadly passed away on New Year’s Eve 2020 after collapsing in Leek town centre, near to the Market Place.

A total of five life-saving pieces of equipment have been installed in a Moorlands town in memory of a much-loved resident.

David McNeaney, known as Macca to his friends, sadly passed away on New Year’s Eve 2020 after collapsing in Leek town centre, near to the Market Place.

Over a year later and his family and friends have raised enough money to install, with the assistance of charity AEDdonate, five defibrillators in the town.

A total of £7,595 has been raised, in memory of Macca, through a fundraising page via AEDdonate.

This has enabled AEDdonate to arrange the installation of the defibrillators which are now in place at The Prince Of Wales in Fernwood Drive, Market Place Phone box, Footprints by Sparrow Park in Derby Street, So Marketing on Broad Street, and at The Blue Mugge in Osbourne Street.

Originally from the North East, Macca moved to Leek to work at Britannia Building Society in the mid-90’s originally on a six week secondment which turned into over 25 years. He quickly settled into Leek life and was a popular figure, instantly recognisable in the local pubs due to his love of brightly-coloured Hawaiian shirts.

Leek man and good friend of Macca’s, Dave Swarbrook, helped the family in their fundraising campaign in Macca’s memory. He said: “David’s family suggested that donations in David’s memory went towards a defibrillator to be installed in the unused phone box near to where David collapsed.

A project had already been started by councillor Ben Emery, and the additional funds were added to this to enable the Market Place defibrillator to be installed.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of David’s family, friends and colleagues they were able to fund a total of five public access defibrillators which have now been installed across the town.”

David’s sister Fiona Meer said: “We are very proud of the five ‘David McNeaney’ defibrillators installed in and around Leek.

It was devastating to lose David, and we know he is very much missed by friends and family alike, but we take a great deal of comfort in knowing that his legacy may save someone else’s life in a similar situation.

It is amazing just how much money has been raised in his memory, and it is a fitting tribute to him.”

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