Family of tragic Cltheroe twin son (4) launch fundraiser for life-saving defibrillators and memorial bench

Loved ones and friends of four-year-old George Spencer who died suddenly have launched a fundraising campaign to keep his memory alive by installing more defibrillators in Clitheroe.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 3:45 pm
George Spencer pictured on the left with his brother Arthur

Paramedics were called to the home of George Spencer, in Clitheroe, some time before 7-30pm on March 19th. An ambulance took George, who was a pupil at St James' Primary School, and who has a twin brother, Arthur, to the Royal Blackburn Hospital, but sadly the youngster died a short time after his admittance to hospital.

Now, the family are keeping their beloved son's memory alive by launching a JustGiving page to raise cash towards new defibrillators and a memorial bench to be placed at Edisford Bridge Picnic Site - one of George's favourite places.

A defibrillator, sometimes known as an Automated External Defibrillator, is a small electronic device designed to allow minimally trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

George's parents, Terry Spencer and Danielle Gorin, would like a defibrillator installed outside St James' Primary School for the public to use in emergencies.

They said: "We would like the life saving defibrillators in various locations across Clitheroe, especially outside the school for people to use in emergencies. Since the fundraiser was launched, we have exceeded the initial target of £2,000 and thanks to everyone's kind donations, the total currently stands at almost £6,000. We are grateful to each and every person who has donated towards this deserving cause.

"When George died, so many people contacted us wishing to donate money. We are not sure how much a defibrillator costs, but even if it saves one life, our fundraising efforts will be worthwhile."

Terry and Danielle described George as a "happy boy" who loved nothing more than playing outdoors with Arthur. Any money leftover will be used to buy a picnic bench to honour his memory."

They said: "George was such a happy boy and he loved the outdoors, especially spending time at Edisford Picnic Site near the river. A memorial bench is a touching tribute for our family and anyone who knew our little boy. "

The duo went onto thank members of the public for their kind words, love and support following the tragedy.

Terry added: "Since George's passing, the outpouring of support we've received from friends, members of the community, wellwishers and total strangers has been overwhelming. Thank you for the kind words, messages and tributes to George that have been expressed to the family. The messages have been a true comfort during this time of huge loss."

Anyone wishing to donate towards the fund is asked to CLICK HERE