Dad from Southend to walk 1,000 miles to spread his wife’s ashes

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An Essex dad who lost his wife to a heart attack will be trekking 1,000 miles around the entire South East coast to spread her ashes – and raise awareness for healthy hearts in the young. In 2017, Karl Lansley tragically lost his wife Carli at the age of just 36, as she never woke up from her sleep.

Carli was later found to have died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). To this day, her family still do not know how the illness came about. Karl, now 53, heads up his own charity, the Carli Lansley Foundation, in his home in Southend. He has to balance the running of the charity with looking after his two children Ethan, 13, and Jessica, 17, and working a part time job.

The Carli Lansley Foundation has been helping young people in Essex get electrocardiogram (ECG) screenings for their hearts, to ensure they are as healthy as possible.