On 19th October 2016 George Wall went to bed, a healthy 19 year old rugby player with his whole life ahead of him. He never woke up.
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is an umbrella term used for the many different causes of sudden, unexpected cardiac arrest death in the young. SDS events are quite often associated with young, sporty and fit individuals and are traumatic for all involved, not just those that have passed but for the family, friends and colleagues who are deeply shocked and hurt by the unexpected event. Very little is known about SDS, but it is more common in the UK than you might ever expect.
George was the eldest son of my best friends, and I have known him though his whole young life, a delightful and humorous young man, with a verve for life and a passion for making people laugh. He always put others ahead of himself so now in his passing I wanted to do something in his honour and in his name that would put him squarely at the front for once.
George was volunteering at a local charity, Hartlepool Families First when the tragedy happened, and so in his honour I want to raise money to support the charity in all the good work they do for families in need in and around Hartlepool. He had just recently returned from Tanzania where he worked for another charity project, so it only seemed right to attempt to climb Africa's highest peak without oxygen in his name.
The training will be intense, and will see the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland climbed in our training ahead of the attempt at the summit of Kilimanjaro in June 2017.
Therefore I want to thank you for taking the time to read this, and for sparing whatever you can afford in support. There are many calls on people for charity donations I know, and sincerely thank you for your support in memory of George Wall.
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