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Quinton, Bradford on Avon player, back on the ball
Bromham Youth Under 15s (in blue and white) and Bradford on Avon Town Youth Under-15s who played a charity match in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital after Bradford team member Quinton Barham, back, seventh from left, and in action below, was treated.
Teenage footballer Quinton Barham played against Bromham Youth Football Club at a charity match on Sunday for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest on the team’s pitch.
Quinton, who plays for Bradford on Avon Town Youth Under- 15s, and was given the all-clear by doctors to play football again in July, returned to Bromham with his teammates and won the friendly 5-2.
Quinton’s father Paul said: “He played for 75 minutes out of 80 and was fitter than he was before because there are no restrictions now. There were no anxious feelings, he was just frustrated he didn’t score but he had a good game.”
Hundreds of spectators turned up and donations on the day reached £250, with Bradford on Avon Town Youth presenting a cheque for £100. The £350 will go towards Bristol Children’s Hospital where Quinton stayed for a month after his collapse during the match in February, and underwent a heart bypass.
Bradford on Avon Town Youth chairman, Nick Maw, said: “We cannot thank Bromham enough for their help and hospitality back on that gloomy day. We have drawn a line under the incident, but the charity event will go on. We will do it prior to the start of each season.
“There will always be a special bond between the two clubs.”
Waitrose presented Bromham Youth with a cheque for £350, through their Community Matters scheme, to go towards a portable defibrillator. It was Bromham’s defibrillator, along with CPR administered on the pitch, that helped Quinton survive.
Allan Brenchley, vice chairman of Bromham Youth, came up with the idea for the charity match and said: “It was nice to bring Quinton back to show both teams he is well and able to play again. He is an excellent player and there was a really good spirit on the day.”
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