Jamie Skinner funeral to take place on Friday

Jamie Skinner. Picture: Comp

Jamie Skinner. Picture: Comp

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THE funeral of tragic schoolboy Jamie Skinner, who died from a suspected heart attack while playing football, is set to be held on Friday.

The 13-year-old collapsed on the pitch as he made his debut for Tynecastle FC last Sunday, just a week after being released by Hearts.

The funeral of the Liberton High School pupil will take place at Craigmillar Castle Park Cemetery at 3pm on Friday.

His grieving parents, George and Queen, and siblings Sonia, Tony and Ashley were left devastated by his death. Five minutes into the second half of the match against Spartans, the teenager was standing by himself when he collapsed after heading the ball out of play.

Spectators, including two nurses, sprinted on to the field to give him first aid. Paramedics gave him CPR and rushed him to hospital but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Hearts stars Kevin McHattie and Mark Ridgers are among those who have paid their respects to the youngster.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats today called for life-saving defibrillators to be made available at more schools and leisure centres in Scotland after figures showed only a fifth of sites have the equipment.

Lib Dem health spokesman Jim Hume said cardiac arrest was the most common life-threatening emergency.

He said: “Whilst our ambulance service works tirelessly to reach all cardiac arrest patients within eight minutes, we know that quick treatment can mean the difference between life and death.”