A CHARITY football match aimed at raising awareness of a rare heart condition that led to the death of a 17-year-old student has been dubbed a success.
Chris Ber, who lost his sister Kasia seven years ago, said the charity event was “a proud day” for him and his family.
Chris, 20, and his family have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of Long QT Syndrome, a heart condition that claims 12 teenage lives in the UK every week, and charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
He took to the football field to play a match in his sister’s memory and more than 150 went to Easington Welfare Park to watch the event that also helped raise money for CRY and Easington Welfare.
Chris, who lives at home with parents John, 51, and Dianne, 49, in Brier Avenue, Horden, said: “I could not be more pleased with the turn-out. It was brilliant.
“The main thing is raising awareness of the condition and making money for the charities, and we have done that.
“Hopefully next year it will be bigger and better and more people come along to support.
“Everyone who was there just to watch the match now know the charity and what it is about.
“They will spread the word and people will now learn more about the work it does.”
Kasia, who died in December 2005, suffered from the same condition that her mother has, but the teenager was not diagnosed and treated.
Her dad John, a mental health project worker, added: “Our objective, along with CRY, is to try and get ECG scanners into schools.
“Even if we get the Government to make it the law for young people to be monitored and then there is one in 1,000 saved by the scanners, then the hard work is done.
“The families of the effected people would not have to suffer like myself and my family have.”
The match between FC Easington and Easington Welfare was a pre-season friendly between the two Peterlee and District Sunday League teams and played in memory of both Kasia and former Welfare secretary Cyril Dunn who died in 2011.