Charity night in memory of Sheffield woman who died at 23

Leigh Holden, who died last year aged 22
Leigh Holden, who died last year aged 22
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Family and friends of a young woman who died months after suffering a major heart attack aged just 22 have held a special charity night in her memory – on what would have been her 23rd birthday.

More than 100 people turned up for the event in memory of Leigh Holden, from Grange Road in Beighton, Sheffield, who died on July 29 last year after complications following a heart attack in March 2013.

The cause of her death is still being investigated, with an inquest scheduled to take place later this year.

Loved ones organised the charity night on Friday at The Cumberland pub in Beighton on the day that would have been her 23rd birthday.

The event was put on to raise cash for the coronary intensive care unit at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield which helped care for Leigh.

The final total raised, along with bucket collections in the local area, is yet to be confirmed but Leigh’s father Keith said well over £1,000 had been collected.

The night featured a raffle, an auction and a sponsored men’s waxing session – as well as an appearance by Sheffield singer Jessica Steele, who has appeared on BBC One show The Voice.

The pub was decorated with photographs of Leigh and dad Keith said the evening had been one of mixed emotions.

He said: “The atmosphere was unbelievable. The only downside was you could see pictures of Leigh but she wasn’t there.”

Keith said he had spoken to Jessica about the importance of raising awareness of heart disease in young people.

“She is 22 and our Leigh died at 22. It is their age group we are doing this for to try to prevent it happening again,” he said.

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

About £450 has been raised for the cause at Ingoldmells Caravan Park in Skegness, where Keith and his wife go on holiday.