EDWARDIANS rugby club has been presented with a defibrilator in memory of a former player who died after suffering a heart attack while playing for the club.
On Saturday, November 4, 2006, Malcolm Weller collapsed and died from a heart attack while playing rugby for the Edwardian 3rd XV. He was only 40-years-old.
Mr Weller was a highly respected member of the Edwardians club. He was the 3rd XV captain, a committee member, and he played a crucial role in the development and coaching of the Edwardian junior section.
He was also a devoted father, leaving behind two children, Danielle, now 18, and James, now 14.
Following his death Edwardians, organised a 15-a-side veterans’ tournament in April 2007. This was held as a fund raising event, with the proceeds from the tournament being donated to Mr Weller’s children.
The heart attack Mr Weller suffered was massive, and despite the immediate attention of two doctors who were playing in the same game, they could not revive him. His only chance of survival was a defibrillator. Unfortunately, the paramedic who attended the incident was not equipped with this essential device.
Therefore, following the success of the original tournament, a second was organised in 2008. The proceeds from the second tournament were to be used to equip the Edwardians with a defibrilator.
The tournament raised over £1,000, and the defibrilator was presented before the third Malcolm Weller Memorial Tournament last Saturday.