Arsenal trio Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal support Heart4More Foundation Gala Dinner
Arsenal players Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal will switch their football kits for tuxedos as they attend the Heart4More Foundation Gatsby themed Gala Dinner at the Westury Hotel in Mayfair on Sunday 1st May.
Full back Bellerin is the Foundation’s ambassador and will be taking part in an intimate ‘In Conversation With Hector Bellerin’ Q&A with a youth team player from the Heart4More Foundation’s Football Development Centre.
The former Barcelona youth team player took on the role of ambassador in January 2015 and has helped use his profile to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation including donating a pair of PUMA Evospeed boots customised by British based artist Virginia Ben this season.
Spanish teammates Cazorla and Monreal will be special guests on a evening dedicated to bringing the community together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the Foundation and raise funds for the purchase of equipment that will contribute towards the successful implementation of their National Screening Programme.
On 15th October 2013 former Millwall striker Tobi Alabi suffered a fatal collapse on the field of play during a friendly for Metropolitan Police FC vs Molesy FC. After being rushed to hospital and undergoing a barrage of medical tests it was discovered his heart had stopped beating for a period of 10 seconds.
Upon further testing it was advised he stopped playing professional football and had a heart monitor placed in his chest on his 20th birthday to pinpoint the cause of his problems. In April 2014 Tobi suffered another collapse in his home on a Sunday morning. He was found lying lifeless on his bathroom floor by his elder brother. Tobi was resuscitated and rushed to hospital the heart monitor recorded that Tobi’s heart stopped on three occasions for a period of one minute.
It was from this information doctors identified Alabi had Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and underwent his second operation to implant a pacemaker and remove the heart monitor.
The Heart4More Foundation, founded in February 2014, is primarily an organisation, which works with football’s governing bodies, professional clubs, educational institutions and communities to raise awareness of cardiac related issues.
Our motto, “To Save lives & Enhance Futures” reiterates our stance on using empowerment & sport to reach the general community for collective social well being and development. The foundation is also heavily focused on youth development and empowerment, we aim to increase employability, educational attainment and develop life skills in young people.
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