NOSTALGIC memories of Liam McKay came flooding back as his family and friends took part in a charity walk.
Fourteen people walked the entire stretch of Southsea seafront in memory of the 25-year-old, who died suddenly last year from a rare condition where the heart suddenly stops.
It was an emotional affair for Liam’s sister Kelly Appleton, 25, and brother Ricky McKay, 24.
But they said they ended up laughing as they remembered their brother’s cheeky sense of humour.
The walkers wore T-shirts as they wanted to raise awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).
The walk raised more than £900 for SADS UK to help research into the condition.
‘It was a bit emotional,’ said Kelly, a mum-of-three who lives in Gritanwood Road, Eastney.
‘Knowing how much money people had raised made it extra emotional.
‘We spent a lot of the time talking about silly stories we all had about Liam. It was really nice.
‘Liam would not have wanted it to be serious – he would have wanted it to be a laugh.’
As reported previously, Liam, of Puffin Walk, Wecock, collapsed at his workplace, the Southern Electric call centre in Havant, as he got up from his desk to get a piece of cake during a colleague’s birthday celebration.
Liam’s brother Nathan died in 1986 at just four months old from sudden infant death syndrome and experts believe the two conditions may be linked.
His sister Kelly wanted to fundraise as more research is desperately needed.
The team walked from Eastney swimming pool to Clarence Pier and then back again.
Kelly said: ‘We got stopped by a few people who said they had seen the story in the paper and a lady who used to work with Liam was down there.
‘She stopped and said it was a really nice idea.
‘I am hoping that people will have seen the T-shirts and looked it up.
‘We are trying to get the charity more well-known.’
Family and friends plan to do the walk again next year, although this time in fancy dress.
Kelly added: ‘Liam would have been quite proud we are raising money for charity.
‘He would just love being the centre of attention, to be honest.’
The fundraising will continue on Sunday, June 3. Katie Parratt, one of Liam’s friends, has organised a charity fun day at The Colonial Bar in Horndean.
The event will include live music, a bouncy castle and fairground rides, and hopes to raise £600 to send Liam’s daughter Lexie on holiday to Disney World.
The event starts at midday.
Liam’s father Rick McKay, a musician, is also planning a charity gig.