Friends join park run in memory of James

James Nicholas died of an undiagnosed heart defect
James Nicholas died of an undiagnosed heart defect

Friends and family of a young St Helens man who died of an undiagnosed heart defect are set to take on a Park Run in his memory this weekend.

James Nicholas’s dad, Kevin, and several of the 21-year-old’s friends are set to complete the Victoria Park run this Saturday as part of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) awareness week.

They are all set to raise money for the charity in memory of the ex-Carmel College student – who was also known as Ron – who collapsed and died at his Rivington Road home in October 2012, just four days short of his 22nd birthday.

Dad Kevin said: “We are trying to raise awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young. At least 12 people die of this condition every week and we think the government should bring in testing for people aged 14-35.

“We have also managed to raise enough funds to pay for testing to be done in James’s memory at Carmel College on March 27, 2015.

“Hopefully it will be the start of many more tests around St Helens.”

He added: “James was apparently fit and healthy when he collapsed and died. Doctors think he may have had the long QT syndrome heart condition.

“He had earned a degree in finance and accountancy from Liverpool John Moores University. It’s such a shame he didn’t get the chance to use it.”

Earlier this year, 19 teachers and five students - including James’s little sister, Caitlin - took on the daunting 128-mile Leeds to Liverpool bike ride in James’ memory.

A memorial fund has now been set up in James’s memory - with every penny going towards funding heart testing in the local area.

To donate, go onle at: www.c-r-y.org.uk/memorial-funds/james-nicholas