Stephen’s family boost research

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ANOTHER £5,000 cheque has been handed over for heart research by the family of Stephen Lyness who died from SADS - Sudden Arrthythmia Death Syndrome - on his 18th birthday in December 2004.

The cheque was given over for research at the London Heart Hospital by Stephen’s mother Catherine and his sisters Natalie and Jenny - it was received by Dr Lambiase and specialist nurse Eileen Firman at the hospital.

It means that in excess of £80,000 has been raised by family and friends of Stephen who was discovered dead in bed by his father Joey, and since then, the Lyness family has fundraised non-stop for research into the mystery condition that has claimed so many lives, including young men like Stephen who seemed to be super-fit from indulging in sport.

Stephen lived at The Beeches off the Garvaghy Road, and several fund-raisers over the years have contributed to the superb total going into research as a memorial to him. The past summer was typical, with the annual cycle ride along the Newry Canal towpath - Portadown to Scarva and back - raising £3,000, allied to a raffle at Ashgrove Playgroup, of which Mrs Lyness is leader - she and her brother-in-law did the London Marathon at one stage, and there is a perennial donation opportunity at Costcutters at Garvaghy Road.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so on-line at or at Portadown Credit Union, William Street, through Account No. 90003.