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Issue:- 31 July 2014


Sarah and Craig Holmes (3rd and 4th from the left) with family, friends and children

THE tragic death of their sister at 23 prompted a Liverpool family to take part in a SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K at Heaton Park, Manchester to help raise money for national charity Heart Research UK.

Kaylea Holmes, from Speke, was just 23 when she collapsed from a heart condition on New Year's Day 2013 and later died. She'd suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy where the heart becomes weakened and enlarged.

5 months earlier she had given birth to a daughter, Lacey, and because the heart condition can be hereditary, the Holmes family have all been through tests to make sure they haven't also got problems.

Kaylea's family; brother Craig and sister Sarah; along with close friends recently completed the SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K at Heaton Park, Manchester to help raise money for national charity Heart Research UK. It was their first fund-raising event together in Kaylea's memory.

Now they want to raise awareness of Kaylea's heart problem and funding for research into what is a condition that doesn't always produce significant symptoms.  Kaylea's brother Craig, 24, a forklift truck driver, said they were all devastated by her death and wanted to do something to help others. He said:- "The 5K event is the first thing we have done together as a family since Kaylea's death. I don't want any other families going through what we have gone through so if it helps to save just one more person's life at least it gives another family the chance that we never had."

To support Craig and the Holmes family please go to their fundraising page:-   The Heaton Park event was part of the SUBWAY® brand's efforts to inspire families to live healthier and more active lifestyles.  Another event is taking place in the North West on 28 September 2014, at Stanley Park, Blackpool. To sign up please go to:-   For further information please contact Chris Child on 0113 297 6207. You can also follow Heart Research UK on Twitter: @heartresearchuk or become a fan of our Facebook Page.

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