Charity match a success

The sudden death of a young boy inspired footballers to raise more than £2,000 for specialist equipment.

The team held a special match to raise money to buy equipment that can give a vital early warning to people suffering from potentially fatal heart conditions.

Members of Penycae FC presented £2,214 to Doreen Harley, the North Wales representative for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The money was raised at a match between the over 30s and the under 30s on Boxing Day last year.

Colin Jackson, chairman of Penycae FC said: "We chose CRY for our charity as it was the first charity we raised money for in 1998 after the sudden death of 14-year-old Karl Thomas.

"We really wanted to do something for CRY again and we are delighted this money will be put towards CRY, donating some cardiac equipment to Wrexham Maelor Hospital for use in their cardiology department."

The money will be placed in CRY's North Wales Cardiac Equipment Fund account. This donation means there is now enough in the account to buy a piece of cardiac equipment for the cardiology department at the Wrexham Maelor.

Mrs Harley will contact the hospital soon to find out how the money, raised on behalf of CRY over the last two years, can best be used.

CRY is a charity that provides a counselling service for bereaved families, provides medical information on the most common causes of unexpected cardiac death in under 35s, donates medical equipment to doctors' surgeries and hospital units and raises awareness of Sudden Death Syndrome.

Mrs Harley became involved with CRY after the death of her daughter, Lisa Jane Browne, who died in January 1998.