Devon

Family donate defibrillator for Lily Partridge rugby death

Lily Partridge Image copyright Irving of Exeter
Image caption Lily Partridge had played for Exonian Ladies for about 18 months

The family of a rugby player who died after a training match head injury have given life-saving equipment to the seaside spot she loved.

Lily Partridge, 22, died in December following the accident at North Tawton's ground in Devon.

Her parents, Jeff and Liz Partridge, have now donated a defibrillator to the Devon village of Beer on what would have been her 23rd birthday.

Her family have raised more than £20,000 for charities in her memory.

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The part-time teacher and zookeeper from Exeter saved at least four lives after her death through organ donation and a rise in registered donors following her death was dubbed "the Lily effect", the South West Organ Donation and Transplant Service said.

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