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Cash raised in memory of tragic heffield woman, 22

Leigh Holden, right, with her sister Hannah. Leigh died last year following a heart attack

Leigh Holden, right, with her sister Hannah. Leigh died last year following a heart attack

More than £1,500 has been raised for charity in memory of a 22-year-old woman who died months after suffering a major heart attack.

Friends and family of Leigh Holden, of Grange Road, Beighton, held a party in her memory on what would have been her 23rd birthday.

The final total raised was £1,503.70 – which will be handed over to the Northern General Hospital’s coronary intensive care unit, which helped care for Leigh.

Leigh died in July last year after complications following a heart attack in March 2013.

The cause of her death is still being investigated, with an inquest due to take place.

Around £500 was raised from the party at The Cumberland pub in Beighton, attended by more than 100 people.

The night featured a raffle, an auction, sponsored men’s waxing session and an appearance by Sheffield singer Jessica Steele.

This money has been added to £450 raised at Ingoldmells Caravan Park in Skegness, where Leigh’s parents go on holiday.

Cash was also raised by bucket collections around shops and pubs in Beighton and by Samantha Brown, one of Leigh’s closest friends.

Samantha said: “All the money is going to the CICU and the matron of the ward is going to be in touch with us to let us know what the unit is going to spend the money on.”

Leigh’s dad Keith said the amount collected was a “marvellous result”.

He thanked local businesses that donated raffle prizes adding: “I’m impressed with how everybody chipped in.”

 

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