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WAYNE’S FUND: Abbots Langley family takes on fundraiser to thank charity for saving son’s life

 Published on: 5th August 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A family whose son was saved by a defibrillator at an Abbots Langley school are taking on a fundraiser to support the charity which installed it.

Lawson Hateley was just four years old in September 2020 when a defibrillator was used to save his life at school.

Now he is taking on a 20km bike ride from Tring to Abbots Langley to support Wayne’s Fund, the charity which saved his life.

Wayne’s Fund was set up after resident Wayne Pope died suddenly just 10 days after his 30th birthday, with the charity since raising awareness of sudden arrhythmia death and installing defibrillators across the country.

Rebecca, Lawson’s mum, said they are eternally grateful to Glynn, Wayne’s brother. and the charity and the fundraiser taking place at the end of August is a way to say thank you.

She said: “We thought it would be something good for Lawson to do as a thank you. We wanted to thank them for the donation of the defibrillator because if it wasn’t there it might not have ended like it did.”

Speaking to AbbotsNews, Glynn, said: “We are over the moon to see the defibrillator saving another life, we have got 80 out there but often we don’t know if they are being used.

“We are here to raise awareness of sudden arrhythmia death and hope that they don’t have to be used but it’s great to hear they are saving lives.”

Glynn also took on an annual walk in honour of the charity with this year’s event taking place on July 31.

To donate to the fundraiser, head to

To find out more about Wayne’s Fund, search ‘Wayne’s Fund Charity’ on Facebook.

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