VIDEO: TOWIE star Danielle Armstrong supports heart screening initiative set up in memory of 25-year-old Shane Holland
PUBLISHED: 12:07 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2017
A charity football match is taking place in Barnehurst this Saturday
The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Danielle Armstrong has shown support for a heart screening initiative set up in memory of a 25-year-old from Slade Green who passed away following a heart attack.
Ms Armstrong recorded a video encouraging the public to attend a charity football match played in memory of Shane Holland, at Phoenix Sports Club, Barnehurst, this Saturday, May 6.
In the video she says: “Hi guys, I hear Shane was a secret TOWIE fan. I hope that you all have an amazing day supporting a great cause, the Shane Holland Heart Initiative on May 6. Hope you all have a great day and I’m sending the family lots of love. See you later.”
The match will see Mr Holland’s 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.
On December 21 2016, Mr Holland, who lived with his grandad in Sheppey Close, 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.
Mr Holland’s friend and event organiser Dan Medlen, said: “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.”
So far the initiative has had 87 supporters donate, and raised £2,952 of the £5,000 target.
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.
Details on how to buy tickets for the event are also on the Just Giving page.
All family and friends associated with Mr Holland are extremely grateful for all donations.
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