Charity football match aims to raise £5,000 for youth heart screenings in memory of Shane Holland

PUBLISHED: 09:10 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 12 April 2017

The football match will be a celebration of Shane's life, and hopes to raise awareness

The football match will be a celebration of Shane's life, and hopes to raise awareness


25-year-old Mr Holland died of a heart attack last year - the screenings will take place at Erith School, where he was a former pupil

Shane HollandShane Holland

A charity football match organised in collaboration with Cardiac Risk in the Young, and the friends and family of a 25-year-old who passed away following a heart attack, will take place in Barnehurst next month.

The event, at Phoenix sports club on Saturday May 6, has been arranged to celebrate the life of Shane Holland, a former pupil of Erith School, and Northumberland Heath Primary School.

It will see his close friends form a team to play against his uncle’s friends and family, in a bid to raise £5,000 to pay for 100 heart screenings for Erith School students.

The screenings will be carried out by CRY, a charity who aim to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths. The money raised will pay for doctors, technicians, screening equipment, and cardiologist reviews, and will be enough to offer free screenings to 30 per cent of a year group, on a first come, first serve basis.

Shane with his nephew Charlie, and niece HazelShane with his nephew Charlie, and niece Hazel

On December 21 2016, Mr Holland, who lived with his grandad in Sheppey Close, Slade Green, complained of small symptoms, and suffered a heart attack on his way to work. Tests are still being carried out to determine the cause, but Mr Holland’s friends and family are determined to raise awareness, and promote screenings.

Speaking of Mr Holland, his friend Dan Medlen, said: “Shane had a lot of time for friends and family and was always willing to help others.

“He was extremely fit and healthy, and went to the gym four or five times a week. He had so much to look forward to, including our holiday to Cancun which he’d arranged.

“His girlfriend Stevie was his world, along with his younger sister Danielle, and the rest of his family.”

Shane and his girlfriend StevieShane and his girlfriend Stevie

“The message from our initiative is simple - by coming together in May we can unite and really make a difference, to create something positive in Shane’s memory and potentially save other young lives in our community.”

Mr Holland’s sister Danielle, paid tribute, saying: “Shane was a very big part of my life, who was devoted to his family, especially his nephew and niece Charlie and Hazel.

“We have so many funny memories together when we were younger, weekends and summer holidays at our nan and grandad’s, holidays away, especially one of our favourites to Austria, I will cherish them forever.

“I know you are resting in perfect peace and happy with our mum. We love and miss you everyday, you’re forever with me”

Tickets for the event are £5 per adult/child, and include entry to the football match, plus a barbeque, bouncy castle, and the evening’s disco.

The match will kick off at 4pm, and the evening event will begin at 6pm.

For those who are unable to attend the day, but would like to support the initiative, visit the family’s Just Giving page, here.

All family and friends associated with Mr Holland are extremely grateful for all donations.

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