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Event is a tribute to Laura’s father

Laura Watkin raised �1776 for the British Heart Foundation at a fundraising coffee morning in St Andrews Church, near Whitley Bay.

Laura Watkin raised �1776 for the British Heart Foundation at a fundraising coffee morning in St Andrews Church, near Whitley Bay.

A fundraising coffee morning helped raise £1,776 for the British Heath Foundation.

Laura Watkin, of Monkseaton, held the event at St Andrew’s Church, near Whitley Bay, in memory of her father who died a year earlier from a sudden heart attack at the age of 48.

The 22-year-old was inspired to raise awareness of heart disease in her local community as well as marking the anniversary of her father passing away in a positive way.

Laura said: “My Dad passed away after suffering a major heart attack, also my grandma passed away three years ago after suffering a heart attack too.

“In the past my Grandad has suffered heart attacks and he has had a quadruple bypass, which has helped him be here today, which we are all so grateful for.”

The coffee morning, attended by more then 100 local residents and friends, had a wide variety of fundraising stalls.

Laura presented a cheque to the BHF’s local branch member, Nickoleen Dirom, who said: “We all know someone that’s been affected by heart disease – sadly it touches us all.

“It’s great to know that our efforts will make a difference in helping to fight for every heartbeat.”

Fundraising manager for the BHF, Daniel McNally, added: “We’d like to thank Laura for organising such a fantastic event and for presenting us with such a generous donation.

“Every pound raised, minute of your time and donation to our shops will help make a difference to people’s lives right here in the north east.”

 

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