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Memorial fund is up to the £90,000 mark

Stephen Lynesss mother Catherine and his sisters Natalie and Jenny present the latest cheque to Dr Pier Lambiase and Specialist Nurse Eileen Firman at the London Heart Hospital. INPT51-Lyness 1.

Stephen Lynesss mother Catherine and his sisters Natalie and Jenny present the latest cheque to Dr Pier Lambiase and Specialist Nurse Eileen Firman at the London Heart Hospital. INPT51-Lyness 1.

Another £5,000 has been added to the Stephen Lyness Memorial Fund, bringing the total up to around the £90,000 mark.

Stephen, whose home was at The Beeches, Portadown, was found dead in bed nine years ago, on his 18th birthday, having suffered from SADS (Sudden Death Arrhythmia Syndrome), with today (Friday) being the anniversary of his death.

Since then, his family, with the help of the local community, has fund-raised non-stop, with the money raised going to the London Heart Hospital for research into the mystery heart condition, which has claimed so many young lives.

Stephen’s mother Catherine and sisters Natalie and Jenny presented the latest cheque to Dr Pier Lambiase and Specialist Nurse Eileen Firman at the hospital.

The £5,000 was raised by two recent events – an X Factor night at The Tunnel Bar and the annual Newry Canal towpath cycle from Portadown to Scarva and back. Each raised around £2,500.

Winner of the X Factor was Rita Metcalfe, and the judges were Ciaran McConville, Anne Mallon and Martin Mallon, with compere James Dunbar.

“Both events were thoroughly enjoyable and raised vital funds,” said Catherine. “The support we receive from the community helps us come to terms with the death of a son and brother we loved so much.

“And it provides money for further research. It’s the best possible way of honouring Stephen’s memory.”

 

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