The family of a 39-year-old dad who died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition have vowed to keep his memory alive by helping others.
Martin Greenwood, 39, was found dead at his home in Lostock Hall by a family friend on September 24, just a few months before his 40th birthday.
Samantha Kerrigan, 20, set up the ‘Martin’s Farewell Fund’ in honour of father-of-one Martin, who was to be her future brother-in-law.
The fund received £1,500 from family and friends in just two weeks to go towards the cost of Martin’s funeral, which took place on October 8, and to raise extra cash for the British Heart Foundation.
Full-time mum Samantha, of Palatine Road, Blackpool. said: “Martin was a great person – nobody had a bad word to say about him.
“The whole community is grieving.”
Martin, who worked as a construction worker, was due to marry Samantha’s sister, Jenny Milford, 33, next year.
The couple had been together for seven years and were trying for a baby.
Samantha said: “It’s absolutely destroyed her. Martin was her whole life. Everything she did was with him.”
Father-of-one Martin was diagnosed with a hole in the heart several years ago and needed a heart bypass – a delicate operation in which a new channel is opened to improve blood flow to the heart – to save his life.
Doctors believed he had made a full recovery, but had no idea that he was also suffering from coronary heart disease – the gradual build-up of fatty material inside the arteries that pump oxygen-rich blood into the heart.
The silent killer is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths in the UK each year, with around one in seven men and one in 10 women dying from the disease.
Martin’s farewell fund aims to raise £3,000 to support the British Heart Foundation.
Samantha said: “The support we got has been overwhelming.
“We weren’t expecting much help and it’s helped a lot and we can’t thank people enough.”