Mother's gift from the heart

A grieving mum is bringing a special heart monitor to Teeside to save others from the same fate as her late daughter.

Margo Wright has raised £5,500 to bring the mobile cardiac screening machine and a specialist medical team to Netherfields Community Centre on Saturday, February 21.

A total of 40 people can sign up for the screening, which starts at 9.15 am.

Mrs Wright was inspired to raise funds after her daughter, Mandi Blake, was found dead at the bottom of the stairs of her Middlesbrough home in November 2001.

Following an inquest with an open verdict, Mrs Wright eventually concluded the 32-year old had died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

The condition, often brought on by an abnormal heart rhythm, is said to kill as many as eight people a week in the UK, but it can be detected with a simple scan by an ECG unit.

Mrs Wright said: “I raised the funds to bring this to Middlesbrough as I feel it could save people’s lives.

I hope people will take part but they must book beforehand as there are limited places.”

Since her daughter’s death, Mrs Wright has also raised thousands of pounds for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) which aids research.