Six Lancashire women will run 26 gruelling miles in memory of a 22-year-old who died from a heart condition.
Catterall couple Barry and Paula Hesmondhalgh lost their son Matt to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) in August 2011 and since then have been raising awareness and funds for CRY (Cardiac Risk In The Young).
Matthew, of Boyes Avenue, was enjoying a drink with friends at Owd Nell’s Tavern, at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, shortly before 10.44pm on Monday, August 15, when he fell ill.
One of his friends called Barry and Paula, who arrived at the pub to find paramedics trying to revive him on the floor. He’d had glandular fever at 14 and suffered post-viral fatigue for a year afterwards.
Medics battled to resuscitate the former Garstang High School pupil for around 30 minutes, before he was taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead at hospital hours later.
And now Clare Bugeja, Nicola Clark, Sarah Sutcliffe, Angela Foster, Anne Whittingham and Zoe Edmondson, all from Garstang, will run the Windermere marathon on May 22 in Matthew’s memory and Paula says she’s very proud of what they’re doing.
“It’s absolutely brilliant they’re raising money for Cry,” said Paula. “I’m really proud of what they’re doing and we’re so grateful for the money they’re raising for such a good cause.”
The self-titled ‘Cry babies’ also completed the Blackpool marathon in April and the idea to run for Cry came from Nicola, who owns The Fish and Chip Plaice in Hazelhurst Drive in Garstang, after she became friends with regular customer Barry.
And on Saturday, the women held a fundraiser outside Booths in Garstang selling cakes, putting out buckets and raising awareness of the charity.
The group have so far raised more than £3,000 and to add to their cause go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CRYBabies