Local team takes on climbing feat

Team Clarko
Team Clarko

A HASTINGS woman, along with more than a dozen friends and colleagues, will be taking on a climbing challenge in August in memory of her brother who died in 2009 and to raise money for charity.

Lucie Playford, 40, has rallied a team of 16 to take part in the National Three Peaks challenge on Saturday, August 2, to raise funds to buy a mobile screening unit for Hastings, which could save people from dying from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

In memory of her brother Jamie Clarke, 31, who died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SAD) in 2009, Lucie and the other 15 members of Team Clarko will attempt to climb Mount Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike, in the Peak District and Ben Nevis in Scotland, in 24 just hours.

Lucie said: “We are an extremely close family and as I’m sure you can imagine this was just devastating for us, we still find it so surreal that he’s no longer with us. Since then, a charity called CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) have been an immense support to us and I am now fundraising for them by trying to raise enough money for a mobile screening unit to come to Hastings to screen people between the age of 12 and 35 for any undetected heart conditions that might save other families from a tragedy like ours!

“The fundraising is going really well. I think people want to help because it will benefit people in Hastings. If we can save just one life with the screening unit that would be amazing!” National charity CRY works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). It supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. To donate www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LuciePlayford1.