Collection for teenage Sheffield Wednesday fan who died in his sleep

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Family and friends of an avid Sheffield Wednesday supporter who died suddenly in his sleep are preparing for a collection in his memory.

Kyle Hancock died aged 18, while at university, on October 16, 2011.

He was found in bed by friends at a hall of residence at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, where he was just five weeks into a course studying sports journalism.

Doctors told his devastated parents Ian and Debbie, who live in Bradwell, that Kyle’s death was attributed to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

But despite a post mortem examination nothing could explain the reason why he died.

Now his friends and family are raising funds for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

About 20 people will be taking part in a bucket collection before Sheffield Wednesday’s game against Watford, at Hillsborough this Saturday, October 18.

It is hoped both sets of players will also be wearing T-shirts for Kyle and CRY.

Ian said: “Like others, Kyle had nothing to suggest throughout his whole life that he needed to be screened for cardiac health.

“By raising awareness it may save someone’s life and prevent other families having to endure what we have had to go through.”

A donation page has been set up in Kyle’s memory to raise funds for CRY –

People can also donate using their mobile phone by sending a text with KHSW93 to 70070.