A Blackpool woman has vowed to help other people struck down with life-threatening heart conditions after the tragic death of her future brother.
Samantha Kerrigan, 20, set up the ‘Martin’s Farewell Fund’ in honour of dad Martin Greenwood who died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Martin Greenwood, 39, was found dead at his home by a family friend on September 24, just a few months before his 40th birthday.
The fund set up in his name received £1,500 from family and friends in just two weeks.
His would-be sister-in-law Samantha Kerrigan, 20, set up the ‘Martin’s farewell fund’ to raise money to go towards the cost of Martin’s funeral, which took place on October 8, and raise cash for the British Heart Foundation.
Full-time mum Samantha, of Palatine Road, said: “He was a great person – nobody had a bad word to say about him. The whole community is grieving.”
The whole community is grieving
Martin, who worked as a construction worker and made frequent visits to his family in Blackpool from his home in Lostock Hall, was due to marry Samantha’s older sister, Jenny Milford, 33, next year.
The happy couple had been together for seven years and were trying for a baby.
Samantha said: “It’s absolutely destroyed her. Martin was her whole life. Everything she did was with him.”
Father-of-one Martin was diagnosed with a hole in the heart several years ago and needed a heart bypass – a delicate operation in which a new channel is opened to improve blood flow to the heart – to save his life.
Doctors believed he had made a full recovery, but had no idea that he was also suffering from coronary heart disease - the gradual build-up of fatty material inside the arteries that pump oxygen-rich blood into the heart.
The silent killer is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths in the UK each year, with around one in seven men and one in 10 women dying from the disease.
Martin’s farewell fund, which aims to raise £3,000, will also raise money for the British Heart Foundation to help other people suffering from heart conditions.
Samantha said: “The support we got has been overwhelming.
“We weren’t expecting much help and it’s helped a lot and we can’t thank people enough.”