Concert success in son’s memory

Kelly Hennessey (left, on right) at the event with Tom Power and Ryan Eccles and (below) Paul Heywood.
Kelly Hennessey (left, on right) at the event with Tom Power and Ryan Eccles and (below) Paul Heywood.
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A MUM has held the first fund-raising concert for a charity she set up in memory of her son.

Kelly Hennessey, 23, set up the charity You, Me, Together, Forever last summer in memory of her son Paul Heywood, who died aged three in January 2012.

Paul Heywood

Paul Heywood

And at the weekend a gig, featuring several bands at the West Coast Rock Cafe, raised £180 for the cause.

Kelly, of Peter Street, central Blackpool, hopes to raise money to help research into Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Children (SUDC), which is estimated to kill 500 children a year across the country.

Her son, Paul, was found dead four hours after being put to bed and neither a full post-mortem or an inquest could determine why.

Around 40 people turned up to the gig Saturday evening, which featured bands including Sidekick, In Exile, Annoying the Neighbours and Circle Spectre Haunting.

Kelly said: “The event was good, I was really pleased with it.

“We’ve decided we are going to put one on every year.”

Kelly’s charity hopes to raise funds for research into genetic testing, which could help to determine the cause of death in a number of infants.

She has already set up two online petitions to pressure the UK government into taking SUDC more seriously.

And Kelly hopes the gig will help raise awareness, as well as money, about her cause.

She said: “You never know when something like that’s going to happen so it’s good to help fund the research and hopefully we can help find a solution.

“I think what we’re doing is helping to raise awareness of SUDC, not as many people are asking us what it means.”

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