Family and friends hold charity night to remember Sheffield woman who died aged 22

Leigh Holden
Leigh Holden
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Family and friends of a woman who died months after suffering a major heart attack aged just 22 have raised hundreds of pounds for charity in her memory – on what would have been her 24th birthday.

The charity night was held in memory of Leigh Holden, of Grange Road in Beighton, who died in July 2013 after medical complications following a heart attack the previous March.

The charity event for Leigh Holden

The charity event for Leigh Holden

Hundreds of pounds have been raised from the event at The Cumberland pub in Beighton, with the money going to the coronary intensive care unit at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, which helped care for Leigh.

The event included a raffle, auction and sponsored stocks where water was thrown over volunteers.

More than 50 people attended, with a bouncy castle and face-painting to entertain the children.

Leigh’s sister Hannah said the final total is being counted but it is hoped more will have been raised than at a similar event also held for charity last year.

The charity event in memory of Leigh Holden

The charity event in memory of Leigh Holden

She said: “We don’t know how much we have raised but we are hoping it is more than last year when we raised £1,500.”

A further £300 has been raised at Ingoldmells Caravan Park in Skegness, where Leigh’s parents go on holiday.

Leigh was a qualified hairstylist but at the time of her death was working as a telesales executive for insurance firm Motorway Direct.

At her inquest last August, coroner Louise Slater ruled that changes in Leigh’s blood-thinning medication had been a factor in her death but the alterations had been done for valid medical reasons.