Supporters will be aware that today marks the 2nd anniversary of the passing of Justin Edinburgh. Justin was much-loved at Rushden & Diamonds FC and was the first team manager from February 2009 until the sad demise of the Club in July 2011. He passed away aged 49 following a sudden cardiac arrest.
Following his death, Justin’s family launched the JE3 Foundation which aims to change outcomes in the face of cardiac arrest by empowering every person to act fast, with the right skills and access to life-saving resources. We are absolutely delighted that AFC Rushden & Diamonds was chosen to receive a defibrillator from the Foundation recently.
Speaking to the Club, JE3 Foundation Founder Charlie Edinburgh said, “This donation fills the entire foundation with a huge sense of pride. To know that we have once again been able to provide such a vital and important piece of equipment to a club that meant so much to Dad (Justin). He loved his time at the club and shared a special connection with the supporters.
I know first-hand just how devastated he was at how the journey came to an abrupt end. But in typical Justin style, his positive and optimistic outlook would always be to discuss the successes none more so than guiding the club to the conference play-off semi-finals in 2010.
We hope that this defibrillator never needs to be used, but at the same time this donation helps continue his legacy and connection with the football club.”
The unit ensures that a debrillator is now available at all the grounds where our teams play or train and will ensure that should the unthinkable happen, we are fully prepared to deal with it. Justin is never far from the thoughts of everyone at the Club and we are extremely grateful for the donation. Supporters wishing to find out more about the foundation can find all the information here – https://je3foundation.com and we hope to have JE3 Foundation badges on sale at the pre-season friendly match v Northampton Town FC on July 21st