Jackie Waight, who has raised over £105,000 for CRY and SADS UK, is saved by defibrillator

Jackie Waight and her husband Ken have spent the last 15 years raising funds and campaigning for the heart health devices to be introduced across the city following the death of their son Richard in 2009 from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

But in January this year, the pair had to make use of one of the machines themselves when Jackie fell ill at the family home in Sprotbrough.

Since the tragedy of their son’s death, the couple have raised funds for both SADS UK and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), over the last few years.

“We have raised over £105,000 in total and we have also funded annual cardiac screening days for young people, through CRY.”

He added: “We still have funding available to help pay up to 50% for any community organisation or group that would like to put a defibrillator at their location. All they have to do is get in touch.”

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