Over £5000 raised in memory of Sam Tandy

SADLY MISSED: Sam Tandy, 15, who died suddenly. Pictured on holiday with his parents in Cuba two weeks ago. y1samtandy845.JPG

SADLY MISSED: Sam Tandy, 15, who died suddenly. Pictured on holiday with his parents in Cuba two weeks ago. y1samtandy845.JPG

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MORE than £5,000 has now been raised in memory of a brave teenager who died suddenly from a heart condition.

Family and friends of Sam Tandy took part in the second annual charity walk in his name on April 17, raising £2,003 for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Leeds General Infirmary.

It would have been Sam’s 18th birthday when around 30 people walked from the Old Mill on Horbury Road to the Crown on Batley Road, Alverthorpe.

Sam bravely battled a condition which stopped his heart pumping blood properly, and was due to join a waiting list for surgery when he died in November 2008.

His mum, Janice Tandy, 43, dad Adrian, 47 and brother Ashley, 14, took part in the walk.

Mrs Tandy, of Gentian Court, Alverthorpe, said: “About 30 of us did the walk and we raised about £250 just from bucket collections.

“It was a great day. We did really well and it was a really good day for remembering Sam.”

Mrs Tandy thanked everybody who helped with the event, including the Crown, where a disco and karaoke was held following the walk, Westgate Common Club and friends who held a tombola.

Last year’s walk raised £2,700, and Mrs Tandy’s employer, mobile phone company O2, has donated £500 following this year’s walk to bring the total to more than £5,000.