A tragedy on the dance floor has inspired Huddersfield club members to turn lifesavers.
Members of Bradley & Colnebridge WMC have bought lifesaving equipment following the collapse of a man.
The club has bought a defibrillator in memory of member David Brook, who died following a heart attack on May 23.
The ex-army medic and Falklands War veteran, 52, had been dancing to the last song of the night when he collapsed.
Following the dad-of-three’s death, the club launched an appeal to raise cash for a £1,000 Lifepak.
Bradley Tenants’ Association donated £500, while breweries Coors and Carlsberg chipped in £250 each.
A further £333 raised through a raffle and auction – plus £100 in donations from club members – will go towards the upkeep of the Lifepak.
The easy-to-use device, which can restart the heart of someone during a cardiac arrest, is available for anyone in the area to use.
Club members have also been trained how to use the Lifepak.
David’s partner Dawn Webb, 50, said: “I’m really pleased they have taken the initiative to do something.
“The response we have had from the club has made me really pleased. It’s quite touching to know that people care.”
Dawn, a nurse at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Brackenhall, says she hopes the tragedy will encourage men to look after themselves and attend regular check-ups.
The mum-of-two said: “There were no signs of it. I dropped him off at the club at 6pm, then someone was knocking on my door at 1am telling me David had died.
“I would like to think he could have been saved; when defibrillators have been available they have worked for people.
“The people who attend the club have been really positive wanting to learn how to use it.”
Dawn, from Bradley, added: “It highlights that people need to think about their health.
“If something were to happen to one of the members they would stand a much better chance.”
Club barmaid and member Sharon Morris, who organised the fundraising, added: “I don’t know if David could have been saved but if we’d had the defibrillator he would have had a fighting chance.
“The members are more relaxed because they know it’s there now.”