Gosberton sisters had the heartbreak of losing their dad and fundraiser will be in his memory

Twins and LIVES First Responders Louise (left) and Nicola O'Connor. SG120416-201TW
Twins and LIVES First Responders Louise (left) and Nicola O'Connor. SG120416-201TW

Twins and trained LIVES First Responders Louise and Nicola O’Connor suffered the heartbreak of losing their dad, John (54), after trying to revive him.

The sisters (22) found John unconscious in bed at the family’s Gosberton home on November 15 and leapt into action.

“Dad could not have been saved but, hopefully, we will be able to save other people’s relatives when they are in need.”

LIVES First Responder Louise O’Connor

Louise said: “We were able to provide CPR and use our skills.”

The twins and an ambulance paramedic restored a pulse, but sadly John died later that day in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

The body blow of losing their dad, who was waiting for a triple heart bypass, was made only slightly easier to bare when the sisters learned no one could have saved him that day, no matter how highly medically trained.

John attended a charity Glitter Ball in May last year in aid of Donington and Gosberton LIVES group and his memory will be honoured at the next Glitter Ball, which will be staged at Springfields Events Centre, Spalding, on October 15.

Every penny raised will go towards buying equipment for the Donington and Gosberton First Responders.

Louise said: “Dad could not have been saved but, hopefully, we will be able to save other people’s relatives when they are in need.”

Last year’s Glitter Ball raised around £2,250 but Louise and Nicola – who are part of an eight-strong committee organising the event – hope the First Responders collect more than £3,000 from the ball this year.

Louise says that would be more than enough to fully equip a new responder in their area, which stretches out to Surfleet and Bicker.

Tickets cost £45 and include a three-course meal, wine on the table, and some fantastic entertainment from The Wild Boys, who are an 80s band, a performance by Elliot Watson, billed as a master of mystery and mind reader, and a disco.

There will also be a photographer to capture memorable moments of the night.

The twins attended Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School.

Nicola works in Kirton as a pharmacy technician and Louise is a beauty therapist with her own business, The Beauty Room, at 1 Victoria Street, Spalding.

• For ball tickets, see Louise at The Beauty Room, call 07920 465311 or email thebeautyroom.lulus@gmail.com

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