Thousands raised for cardiac charity in memory of beloved Macclesfield teen

By Alex Greensmith

17th Jul 2023 | Local News

The magnificent seven at the finish line at The Barton Hotel, Burlington Road, Blackpool.
The magnificent seven at the finish line at The Barton Hotel, Burlington Road, Blackpool.

Seven people from Macclesfield have cycled over 60 miles for a good cause.

Over £3567 has been raised by friends and family of teenager Mia Jennings, who passed away in January from a cardiac arrest.

The funds will go towards Cardiac Risk in the Young [CRY], who campaign for better cardiac health and awareness for youngsters.

The Road Rascals trekked from Manchester to Blackpool to raise vital funds for the national charity, in memory of the 19-year-old.

At the start point.

The athletic pursuits recognise Mia's dedication to sport and leisure. She was known as swimming teacher at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

She started volunteering at Macc Leisure Centre when she was 14. did her teaching badges and got a job in the HR department.

The former Fallibroome Academy pupil had just finished her Level 3 Apprenticeship, and was still teaching before she passed away.

Dad James Jennings estimates that family and friends have raised over £21,000 for the charity, in Mia's memory, since March 2023.

Mia passed away on 21 January 2023.

"Thank you", said the Broken Cross resident.

"The whole team's efforts were amazing. Personally, I was overwhelmed with all the team and what they have achieved personally and in memory of my baby.

"Three-and-a-half grand in two days is massive."

As well as the epic north west bike ride, Macclesfield business Carla Gilder fitness also did a spin-bike marathon to raise funds.

CRY's funds pay for screening in kids and teenagers to check their heart health.

Macclesfield: You can donate on this link.

Friend of the family Kim Hazelhurst added: "We are busy planning more fundraising events at Carla Gilder Fitness for CRY in Mia's memory.

"Our next big event will be a Danceathon and we are also looking to get teens moving with events that involve them too. At CGF we are a very close community of instructors and members and love holding events. Each year we choose a charity for the year and raise as much as possible for that charity but we have chosen CRY as our charity for the foreseeable with it now being so close to our hearts.

"Mia and family are close friends to many at Carla Gilder Fitness so we naturally want to do what we can to help raise as much as possible and awareness in Mia's memory. A very emotional, but amazing weekend all-round. Thank you to CRY for your help and support supplying T-shirt's to our riders, instructors & support team."

Carla Gilder Fitness, of Brook Street Mill, also did a bikeathon for the charity in memoriam of Mia this month.

You can find more about CRY on this link.

A further £12,000 has been raised for SADS charity in Mia's memory.

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