A WOMAN is raising money for Wales Air Ambulance in memory of her teenage niece who collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Emma Vaughan-Evans, of Corwen, has so far raised more than £1,100 taking part in the Shrewsbury Half Marathon, and her family are appealing for more donations to remember 14 year-old Tesni Edwards, who attended Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen.
“I'd never run before until I entered this race, so I knew it would be a challenge," said Emma.
“It was really difficult, especially the last three miles, but I thought that doing the half marathon would be a good way of remembering Tesni and raising money at the same time.
“I really wanted to raise money and awareness for the Wales Air Ambulance as they provide such an excellent service.”
In April 2013, Tesni was in Llangollen when she suddenly collapsed.
Emma said: “Tesni was found by her mum and dad. She had collapsed and wasn’t breathing. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
“They dialed 999 and waited for help, the sound of the helicopter came quickly while they continued to administer CPR.”
Tesni’s mother, Dwysan said: “She was, as far as we knew, completely healthy and was laughing up to the minute she died.
“We didn't know she had a heart condition as she was completely asymptomatic. I tried to resuscitate her without success. I'll never forget hearing the helicopter.
“Although in the end she was transferred by road ambulance, I'll always be thankful to the aircrew and their help.
“It wasn't until this day that we found out this amazing charity rely entirely on donations, so we've tried to raise awareness since.”
The family has donated £1,300 to the charity, with two more fundraising events coming up in the year.
"I'm so grateful for all the support I've received from the community, I've been overwhelmed by everyone's efforts," added Emma.
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Emma-Vaughan-Evans.
For more information on Wales Air Ambulance, visit walesairambulance.com or follow them on Twitter @air_ambulance and facebook.com/walesairambulance.