Defib donated to the Leisure Box in memory of Joyce Pickles.

August 2, 2021

Former Burnley FC Commercial Manager, Joyce Pickles, sadly passed away in 2019 but her legacy lives on as her family have raised funds for a defibrillator to be installed at the Leisure Box.

Joyce’s Son, Steve Pickles and her daughter, Alyson Andrews wanted to raise the funds to keep Joyce’s memory alive and continue her passion and commitment to football.

Burnley FC in the Community, The Lancashire FA and the Leisure Box would like to put on record their thanks to Joyce’s family for this amazing gesture.

The Leisure Box is Burnley FC in the Community’s award-winning leisure facility, and with thousands of visitors per week, the defibrillator is a hugely important addition that could potentially save lives if ever needed.

The defibrillator will be for community use and is located on our outdoor 3G pitch, featuring a plaque in Joyce’s memory. The defibrillator was kindly fitted by Speakman Contractors, who are working in partnership with Barnfield Construction, the main contractors and developers behind the iconic Northlight development in Brierfield.

This life saving piece of equipment was unveiled this week and in attendance was BFCitC staff members Ben Bottomley and Jack Ormesher, Peter Bond from the North-West Ambulance Service, Rachael Pearson from Lancashire FA, Joyce’s Children, Steve Pickles and Alyson Andrews.

On the donation, Head of Facilities, Sarah Kaler, said: “We are overwhelmed with the fantastic donation and generosity from Joyce and her family.

“This is a piece of potentially life saving equipment and for this to be available to our community is so important.”

The Leisure Box is operated by BFCitC Facilities (Enterprises) Ltd. (Company No: 10951684) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Burnley FC in the Community (Registered Charity No: 1155856).

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