Belfast Telegraph

New defibrillator a fitting tribute to jogger Matthew, says partner

By Adrian Rutherford

The partner of a man who collapsed while out jogging has said she hopes a defibrillator installed in his memory will save lives.

Matthew Thompson (39) died while running along the Lagan Towpath near Lisburn in 2016.

A portable defibrillator has been fitted at the lock gates at Lagan Valley Island along with a memorial plaque.

It follows a fundraising drive by Matthew's partner Lauren McCaughtry.

She said: "I'm delighted to have the defibrillator installed near to the towpath and hope for the public to benefit from it in the future.

"It is a fitting tribute to Matthew, who was so full of life, that he could possibly save a life in the future."

Lauren met mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Uel Mackin and members of the Heart City Working Group, which was set up by the council to raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Mr Mackin said: "I would like to thank Lauren for purchasing the defibrillator and working with the council on this initiative.

"Out of such a tragedy she was able to do something that is so positive.

"I hope that Lauren and Matthew's family and friends find comfort in doing something so selfless in remembering Matthew."

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