ON July 1, 2011, I lost my big brother, Liam McKay, to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). He was just 25 years old.
He left behind a beautiful daughter, Lexie, who is now five, and many family and friends who thought the world of him.
I have been trying to raise funds and awareness for SADS UK ever since.
So many people have not even heard of this wonderful charity, despite how common SADS is.
I want to raise money for SADS UK so that I might be able to stop another family going through the pain we went through.
SADS offer many different services including one campaign to bring defibrillators into community centres and schools and counselling for those affected by a sudden death.
They also donate heart monitoring equipment to medical establishments and provide information about conditions of the heart. With knowledge of signs and symptoms of these conditions patients can be diagnosed and treated, potentially saving lives.
So far, with the help of my wonderful family and friends, we have raised around £1,500 through a sponsored walk, a karaoke night and a gig night, ‘Rockin’ The Country’. I have also released a single which is available on iTunes and Amazon now (Kelly-Marie – Some Days You Gotta Dance) where all proceeds will be paid to the charity. But I want to raise more! And not only that, I want more people to know about SADS.
I have set up a page at facebook.com/FundraisingForSadsUk.
I’m always looking for new ideas for fundraising and raising awareness and would love to hear from anyone who would like to help.