A close friend of schoolgirl Lily Webster who died from sudden adult death syndrome has raised £786 to help identify heart conditions in young people.
Student Sammy Manning, 17, organised sponsored silences and cake sales at King Edward VI School, in Bury St Edmunds, in aid of the charity CRY, which raises awareness of conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death and sudden death syndrome.
Meanwhile, the school aims to purchase two defibrillators working with charity SADS UK, which was prompted by student Craig Bayfield who survived a case of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome at his home in Bury in February.
Sammy’s work follows the loss of her close friend and Stowmarket High School student Lily who passed away aged 15 after she collapsed while trampolining at Stowmarket Leisure Centre last year. She said: “The money will go towards heart screenings for young people.”
Sammy spearheaded the fund-raising as charity leader for the school’s Wyken College peer group and aims to hold more activities in the future.
They will link up with the other initiative to purchase the defibrillators, which has so far raised £1,130.