FRIENDS and family of a South Yorkshire teenager who died suddenly in his sleep stepped out for a charity walk to raise awareness of undiagnosed heart conditions.
Daniel Antcliffe, aged 16, from Whiston, Rotherham, died of SADS - or sudden arrythmic death syndrome - two years ago while staying at a friend’s house.
Since then his family have launched a fundraising drive to provide heart defibrillators in South Yorkshire schools, which could potentially save the lives of other young people. The annual sponsored walk started in Whiston, following a route through Clifton Park and the town centre, with around 80 people taking part in the seven-mile trek. Daniel’s uncle Simon Ash said the event raised around £3,000, bettering last year’s total of £2,400.
“It went fine - as good as can be expected,” he said. “There was a good turnout, and at the party afterwards we had around 100 people.”
Many of the walkers wore T-shirts printed with a photo of Daniel and the name of charity SADS UK, but Simon said some took a more wacky approach, donning their best fancy dress outfits.
The walk happened the day after what would have been Daniel’s 19th birthday, and also coincided with the birthday of Simon’s friend Michael Winfrey, who died by tragic coincidence this year on January 11, the same date as Daniel but two years later.
Michael, 42, from Wickersley, was killed in a huge blast at the Sterecycle waste treatment and recycling centre in Templeborough.
Most of the money raised will go to SADS UK, but a portion will help buy a commemorative plaque to remember Michael.