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Defibrillator donated to the club in memory of Justin Edinburgh

8 June 2021

The Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation has today unveiled a new website and donated three life-saving defibrillators in honour of Justin Edinburgh.

The update comes on the anniversary of the passing of the charismatic footballer and manager who tragically died from cardiac arrest on this day two years ago.

The JE3 Foundation, which was founded just weeks after the shocking events of June 8th, has already donated nine defibrillators in less than 12 months, including today’s donations to Southend United Football Club, AFC Rushden & Diamonds, and Mavericks RFC.

The all new — launched today as the go-to destination for supporters to learn about Justin’s story and meaningfully engage with JE3 — covers the Charity’s commitment to defibrillator donations moving forward, in addition to delivering wide-scale CPR training, and fighting for Justin’s Law; a legislative change mandating the installation of Automated External Defibrillators in all health and sports facilities in the U.K.

Above all, today is about lovingly remembering the impact that Justin had on the game and people. Charlie Edinburgh, Foundation CEO and Justin’s son, explains:

“The shock never fully retreats. But, in the deepest moments of grief, it’s the stories of individuals, whose lives were touched by him, that inspire us into action so that we can continue his legacy.

"Dad lived in the moment and looked to the future with unwavering optimism. This informed our decision to launch our new website and donate defibrillators today — we wanted to commemorate this specific day, remember the man, whilst also bringing supporters into this next phase of the Foundation’s work.

“Ultimately everything that we’re doing with this Foundation has got dad at the heart of it and Southend United meant an awful lot to him. It gave him his first steps into football, and he spent some very successful years here with the club including promotion from Division Four.

“We know that this presentation of a defibrillator today would mean an awful lot to him. We’re striving to make sure we are doing our job right in helping save people’s lives and that’s everything we’re pushing for.”

John White, Southend United captain, was also in attendance at the presentation of the defibrillator and said: “We hope it never needs to be used but to know there is a vital piece of equipment at Roots Hall that could potentially be life-saving is a fantastic gesture from The JE3 Foundation and is admirable of the work the foundation is doing in Justin’s memory.”

Steve Tilson started his career with Blues at the same time Justin came through into the first team.

The former Blues midfielder and manager remembered the former full-back, saying: “He went from Southend to Tottenham so that shows how good a player Justin was. He had good all-round ability and was a no-nonsense full-back. He loved a tackle, was a really nice lad, down to earth and a good pro.

“When the news came through that Justin had sadly passed away I couldn’t believe it. At the age he was, and not just that but how healthy he was, it was a huge shock.

“It could happen to anyone, anywhere so the more defibrillators that are around and available the more chance we’ve got of saving lives. Charlie is doing a fantastic job in Justin's memory and by donating this defibrillator to Southend United is a fantastic gesture.”

Everyone at Southend United Football Club would like to thank The JE3 Foundation for the kind donation of the defibrillator, which will be installed on the outside of the stadium, in Justin's memory. 

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