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Charity football match in memory of 25-year-old who passed away after heart attack raises £20,355 - four times its target

PUBLISHED: 14:08 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 09 May 2017

Shane's girlfriend Stevie watching the match

Shane's girlfriend Stevie watching the match

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Friends and family of Shane Holland battled it out on the football pitch to raise money for youth heart screenings

Balloons on the dayBalloons on the day

A charity football match organised in memory of a 25-year-old former Erith School student who died of heart attack last year, raised more than four times its original fundraising target on Saturday.

The event, which was organised in collaboration with charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), at Pheonix Sports Club on May 6, saw over 600 people gather to celebrate the life of Shane Holland, and raised a total of £20,355.

The match was played by Mr Holland’s close friends who formed a team to play against his uncle’s friends and family, with the latter winning after a 1-1 draw resulted in a penalty shootout.

Afterwards there was a disco, pizzas provided by Dominos, and a raffle, as well as children’s activities including a bouncy castle and face-painting.

Shane's nephew Charlie, and niece Hazel in their special 'Holland' football topsShane's nephew Charlie, and niece Hazel in their special 'Holland' football tops

Dan Medlen, the event organiser and friend of Mr Holland, said: “There are not many times where I am lost for words but Saturday was certainly one of them.

“For everyone who supported us on the Shane Holland Heart Screening Initiative journey, may I thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of all Shane’s friends and family.

“I hope everyone who was able to attend the event had an enjoyable day and you will most certainly hear from us again soon.”

On December 21 2016, Mr Holland, who lived with his grandad in Sheppey Close, Slade Green, suffered a heart attack on his way to work. Tests are still being carried out to determine the cause.

Shane HollandShane Holland

The event’s aim was to raise £5,000 to provide 100 heart screenings for Erith School students but the money collected on the day has raised enough to provide over 400 screenings.

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 distributed at the school on a first come, first serve basis.

Those who would still like to donate can contact Dan Medlen directly on dm339@hotmail.co.uk

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