Charity ball raises £3,000 in Gosport man’s memory

Some of the performers from the charity event
Some of the performers from the charity event
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THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised for a charity set up in memory of a young man who died suddenly.

A ball was held for The Alex Wardle Foundation at Skylark Golf and Country Club, in Whiteley, and generous attendees donated £3,000.

Alex Wardle, who died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

Alex Wardle, who died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

The charity, started last year, raises awareness and cash for sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (Sads) which Alex, 23, died of last March.

His sister Gemma was inspired to help others affected by the condition so founded the charity.

The 20-year-old, from Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘The fundraiser was a really good night.

‘A lot of hard work went into preparing it and it all came together. It was fantastic. We wanted new people to come along, not just family and friends so we invited businesses to attend too.’

Ray Wareham, owner of Minitopia, with Steve Wardle, chairman of the Alex Wardle Foundation

Ray Wareham, owner of Minitopia, with Steve Wardle, chairman of the Alex Wardle Foundation

The event, which was at full capacity, had music, a raffle, a rose sale and photo booth.

Gemma added: ‘The money will go towards funding a screening event where people can get tested for any abnormalities and have the chance to be referred to a specialist.’

The ball, held last month, was sponsored by Minitopia – a car service for Minis.

Owner Ray Wareham attended the event and said: ‘It was a nice charity event for a good cause. It was great for us to give something back.’

To find out more visit thealexwardlefoundation.org.