It was a day that turned from joy to tragedy in seconds.

Charlotte Galbraith had just got married and dad Alan Bates had started his speech.

But midway through he collapsed from a massive heart attack and was rushed to hospital with Charlotte, new husband Steve and Alan’s wife, Linda, at his side.

Sadly 65-year-old Alan died a short time after arriving at the hospital and now, in his memory, family and friends have raised enough money for a defibrillator which will hopefully save lives.

As Alan had been a dedicated Town fan all his life the defibrillator has been presented to the club.

The machine will be situated in Canalside’s Stripes Gym where it will be on hand to assist the first team, development squad, Academy players and customers in case of an emergency.

Alan also left a son, Matthew, 32, another daughter, Melanie, 39, along with one grandchild, Charlotte’s two-year-old daughter, Annabel.

Charlotte said: “I often went to watch Town with dad when I was younger and before he had a family he watched Town both home and away.

“Even if he couldn’t be at the game he never missed a Town match on the radio.”

Alan had suffered a previous heart attack in 2011 but seemed fine for Charlotte’s wedding which was at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley on October 12, 2012.

After he collapsed two of her friends, firefighter Phil Hails and Tanya Abbs gave him CPR until paramedics arrived.

Town fan Alan Bates (right) with wife Linda and brother Matthew
Town fan Alan Bates (right) with wife Linda and brother Matthew
 

Alan was taken to Airedale General Hospital but died a short time later and by the end of the day the wedding guests had decided to do all they could to fundraise to buy a defibrillator.

Just a month later Charlotte took part in the 10K Abbey Dash in Leeds and the 10-strong group had raised the £1,800 needed to buy one in her father’s memory. All wore Huddersfield Town shirts for the run.

It was bought through a charity called Community Heartbeat.

Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins said: “The story regarding Charlotte’s father is deeply harrowing and I was very sorry to hear what had happened.

“On behalf of the football club I would like to thank Charlotte, Matthew and their family and friends for thinking of the football club and raising the money for the machine. It may one day save a life.”