A Berkhamsted-based squash club raised money for charity in memory of a former member.
Harry Faulkner was a devoted squash player at Berkhamsted Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club (BLTSRC), with his mother describing the club as Harry’s “second home”.
In February 2013, Harry was playing the sport he loved when he collapsed suddenly. He passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition, aged just 18.
On the tenth anniversary of Harry’s death, friends, teammates and club members came together in the BLTSRC clubhouse on February 11 to honour his memory and raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
The fundraiser included a round robin tournament with club members, followed by exhibition matches with the sport’s top seeded professionals.
Harry’s friend Josh Ryan, together with Harry’s coach Adam Fuller, were the driving force behind the event.
Josh said: “As well as being a genuine, kind and brilliant friend to everyone he came across, Harry was a talented, healthy and fantastic sportsman, competing squash at a national standard.
“Thank you so much to everyone that supported the event. We had an incredible atmosphere from start to finish, with some good squash during the round robin. The talented Daryl Selby, Ben Coleman, Adrian Waller and Miles Jenkins gave up their time to support the event, donating amazing prizes and putting on impressive exhibition matches for us all to enjoy.”
The event raised nearly £3,500 to support CRY’s mission to prevent young sudden cardiac deaths. Every week in the UK, at least 12 apparently healthy young people die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions. Anyone aged between 14 and 35 can arrange to get their heart checked through CRY at www.testmyheart.org.uk