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Thousands raised in Longridge for Andrew Key’s Cardiac Risk in the Young Memorial Fund

Posted on - 19th April, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, Longridge, Preston News, Preston North End, Proud Preston, Ribble Valley News, Schools
Andrew Key and his son Arlo.
Andrew Key and his son Arlo.

Over £2,000 was raised in Longridge for Andrew Key’s Cardiac Risk in the Young Memorial Fund.

Nearly 140 people came together to raise money for a ‘much-loved’ dad, son, fiancé and brother who died suddenly in 2021 at the age of just 31.

The afternoon tea event was held in Longridge’s Civil Hall last week on 14 April, with ticket sales going toward the fund which provides heart screenings for those in the local area.

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Nearly 140 people came together in Longridge.
Nearly 140 people came together in Longridge.

Guests were entertained during their meal by pianist, Peter Bennett and local suppliers played their part, with generous donations from Rowles Butchers and Little Town Farm Shop.

Judy Kitching, who came along with her daughter, daughter-in-law and three nieces said: “It’s been an absolutely wonderful afternoon. The food was delicious, the musician was excellent, the volunteers worked so hard and most importantly it’s raised a fantastic amount of money for such a worthy cause.”

Afternoon tea at the event.
Afternoon tea at the event.

Guests also took part in guess the number competitions and raffles which all went towards the cause.

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Around 40 volunteers helped on the day, many of whom were family and friends of Andrew who attended St Cecilia’s RC High School in Longridge, was a Preston North End season ticket holder and worked at BAE.

Andrew passed away due to Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS), which is also known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and defined as an event that is non-traumatic, non-violent, unexpected, and resulting from sudden cardiac arrest within six hours of previously witnessed normal health.

Andrew, Arlo and Dani, Andrew's fiance.
Andrew, Arlo and Dani, Andrew’s fiance.

The next event, paid for by Andrew’s Memorial Fund, will see hundreds of 14 to 35-year-olds screened for heart abnormalities at Longridge High School on 27 and 28 April. 

For future dates you can go to the ‘Test My Heart’ website

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