Walkers stride out for tragic Rotherham teenager

Daniel Antcliffe
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FAMILY and friends of a teenager who died in his sleep strode out on a sponsored walk in his memory.

Daniel Antcliffe, from Whiston, Rotherham, was just 16 when he died, and his mum Tracey has since raised thousands of pounds in his name.

Supporters completed a five-mile route starting at Stringers Croft in Whiston, carrying collection buckets to pick up donations.

The event was the third sponsored walk organised by Tracey and Daniel’s uncle, Simon Ash. The money raised will go towards buying heart defibrillators for schools.

Daniel was staying over at a friend’s house in January 2009 when he died.

Pals had been unable to wake the Dinnington Comprehensive pupil and were horrified to discover he had stopped breathing.

Tracey buried her son thinking he had died of a drug overdose, but a few months later post-mortem results revealed there had been no trace of harmful substances in his body.

The mum then started researching why her son suddenly died, and an independent review found Daniel had been killed SADS – Sudden Arrythmic Death Syndrome.

The inherited problem is passed on from parents to children.

Tracey and Daniel’s father Paul Farmer have since been screened for the condition and younger sister Lucy is to have a scan every year until she is 16.

After the sponsored walk, the fundraising continued at The Prince of Wales pub in Masbrough, where a raffle was held.

More than 40 prizes were donated, including supermarket vouchers, food and beauty treatments.

So far Tracey has been able to purchase four defibrillators, donating them to schools including Whiston Worrygoose Primary and Dinnington Comprehensive.