Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'I Want to Save Lives in Mandi's Memory'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'I Want to Save Lives in Mandi's Memory'

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A heartbroken mum is appealing for help with her efforts to save others from the fate of her late daughter.

Mandi Blake, a fit and healthy mum-of-two, was found dead at the bottom of the stairs of her Middlesbrough home in November 2001.

Following an inquest with an open verdict, her mum 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.

It led mum Margaret Wright, from Thorntree, to start a campaign in Mandi's name to raise funds for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

She needs to raise pounds 10,000 for the charity, to aid research and bring a mobile heart monitor, along with a medical team, to Teesside.

And she is among the first to apply to the Evening Gazette/ Barclaycard Making a Difference scheme for 2003.

"This can happen to any family," Margaret said. …

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