THE family of a man who died after suffering a heart attack while playing snooker has presented a defibrillator to the club where members fought to save his life.

Philip Willocks 72, of Toft, was playing snooker for Mobberley D team at the Mere and Tabley Community Club on November 10, 2016 when he had a heart attack.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, first responders, and members who performed CPR until the ambulance arrived, Philip died 10 days later at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Since his death, family and friends have been fundraising, and through donations have been able to buy a defibrillator for the club.

The presentation was made by Philip’s widow Pam Willocks, daughter Joanne Groves and son Simon Willocks to club chairman Alan Greenway and treasurer Roger Thorpe, club treasurer.

Simon Willocks said: “The presentation was made in recognition of the members’ efforts and for the benefit of others in their time of need.

“The unit at the Mere and Tabley Community Club also supports the critical efforts of the Knutsford Community First Responders Trust team.”

Volunteers at the trust, trained by and working with the North West Ambulance Service, attend emergencies and also aim to place Automatic Exterior Defibrillators in and around the Knutsford area. They also run monthly Heartstart courses and cardiac screening days.