BUSINESSMAN Tony Abbott has already dished out thousands of his own cash in a bid to make dreams come true.
Last summer the 41-year-old marketing chief coughed up his own money to fly a teenager with a life-threatening heart condition to Disney World.
The gift, to the son of one his employees, was just one of the many surprise treats he showered on workers at his Elland-based company Reactiv Media.
Now Tony has set out to make a bigger impact by launching his own charity after he witnessed one of the most shocking scenes football fans have endured in years.
Last March, the lifelong Tottenham fan set off from Calderdale on the 500-mile round trip to watch his beloved football team play an FA Cup quarter final against Bolton at White Hart Lane.
What transpired there still affects him today.
That’s because, the self-made direct marketing boss watched Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapse and almost die on the pitch.
He said: “I have never been in a place where 30,000 sports fans have had just one thing on their mind ‘please survive’.
“The journey home with my dad, my son and his friend, was the quietest and coldest place imaginable.
“Was he dead, was he alive? We just didn’t know,” says Tony who lives in Stainland, Halifax.
Muamba, 24, had suffered a cardiac arrest, but thanks to the quick actions of the medical team he survived.
He was given 15 defibrillator shocks before his heart started beating again – 78 minutes after it stopped.
He then spent four weeks in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital, but was forced to retire from football.
Now dad-of-two Tony is on a mission to turn what happened to Fabrice Muamba into something positive and has launched a new charity called Heartbeat of Sport to help spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrests in younger athletes.
He hopes to be able to tour sports clubs around the UK screening people for heart conditions and giving training in the use of defibrillators.
The charity already has the support of numerous well-known athletes including Paralympic double gold medal winner Hannah Cockcroft from Halifax.
She has cerebral palsy after suffering two cardiac arrests at birth, which damaged two different parts of her brain.
“Fabrice’s cardiac arrest had a massive impact on me and it fired me up to do something to help stop thishappening to others,” says Tony.
“I want to raise the profile of the life-threatening heart condition, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) which claims the lives of 250 people a day in the UK alone. We want to educate people about the courses and equipment available and basically make sure someone knows what to do if anyone has a cardiac arrest.
“I don’t want to see any more lives lost because clubs are in the dark about the condition.”
As well as being a football fan, Tony is a rugby league supporter.
He is a director of Halifax RLFC and Reactiv are the club’s main sponsors.
Halifax rugby player Antony Tonks is a patron of the new charity and will work closely with Tony and a board of trustees.
They are already planning a coast-to-coast bike ride and a charity ball next year.
Local band The French 75’s are also helping to raise cash with proceeds from their single Believe, which is available to download from iTunes.