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20 March 2018

Family presented the defibrillator to first team players Dan Burn and David Perkins at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre.

  • Peter Gwinnett sadly passed away in March 2017.
  • Fundraising page set up in his memory to raise money for defibrillators.
  • Kevin Gwinnett - "My Dad was a huge fan and would be very proud."

The family of lifelong Latics fan Peter Gwinnett kindly donated a defibrillator to Wigan Athletic Community Trust at the club’s training centre today.

Peter, who sadly passed away last March, held a passion for local football and played for Wigan Rovers while also managing the football team at Heinz Factory in Kitt Green where he worked.

A fundraising page was set up in Peter’s memory with events taking place to raise money to purchase defibrillators for use in the local community.

Two of Peter’s son’s, Andrew and Kevin, presented the defibrillator to first team players Dan Burn and David Perkins as well as Head of Community Tom Flower at the club’s training base at Euxton.

Kevin said: “My Dad was passionate about youth football in Wigan so we felt giving this defibrillator to the Community Trust would be a fantastic thing to do and he’d be very proud. He was a massive Latics fan and we’ve got some great photos to cherish of him from the FA Cup final in 2013.

He added: “His grandchildren were with us today and they had a great time meeting the players. We’re all season ticket holders and absolutely loved our experience with the club today.

The Community Trust launched its latest initiative, Healthy Hearts, at the DW Stadium in January 2018, and will work with over 2,000 primary school pupils as part of the scheme, helping children to perform CPR and how to recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest.

Find out more about Healthy Hearts by contacting Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on 01942 318090 or email

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