THE FAMILY of a man who sadly passed away from a cardiac arrest will buy new defibrillators, and fund one mission for the air ambulance that came to his aid.

Neil Pollard, 56, from Endmoor, Kendal, was riding his bike around his local area in November 2022 and posed for a selfie during his trip. Approximately an hour after the photo was taken, he collapsed and died.

The Great North Air Ambulance was one of the first responders to the incident. 

The family raised a total of £9,200 for the GNAAS, meaning they could buy two defibrillators for the local area and contribute £5,200 to GNAAS. This will fund at least one GNAAS mission. 

Here's how our readers reacted to the news.

Marion Hardy said: "Safe and effective appears to be the fore runner of sudden death. So sorry. Far too young," while Paula Herbert said: "Oh my this is so sad. Love to all the family."

Linda Laing said: "Such a shame," and Gemma Aston said: "Very sad so many young people passing away lately with the same thing, prayers for his family."

Jay Wes said: "That's so sad what a shame. Thoughts go out to the family at this sad time."

Joanne Winter commented: "How tragic," and Cath White said: "God bless. Special thoughts and prayers for his family and friends."

Jessie Critch also said the news was 'sad'.

Ziggy Ziggy said: "Sending thoughts and prayers to his family and friends."