Sister's memory kept alive by £1,000 donation to heart fund
A SHOE shop manager whose sister died from an undiagnosed heart condition has donated £1,000 to charity.
Angela Crossley's employer, Clarks, ran a prize draw for employees to donate the cash to a chosen charity and Angela was one of four winners.
The 46-year-old from Chaddesden chose the British Heart Foundation after her sister, Sharon Cowlishaw, died suddenly while at work when she was aged 39.
Ms Crossley said: "It's a really amazing thing to be able to do and it keeps my sister's memory alive. The British Heart Foundation was the first charity I thought of. It was the only place the money was going to go.
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Sharon, who also worked for a shoe company, died after feeling like she was suffering from heartburn.
Ms Crossley said: "It was really hard. There were no signs of any illness or that anything was wrong. It was devastating. She had two sons and two grandchildren."
In December, Clarks held a prize draw for all employees who donate to charity through the Clarks Give As You Earn scheme.
Each of the four winners were able to nominate the charity of their choice to receive a £1,000 donation.
Mrs Crossley, who is manager of the Clarks store in Derby's Corn Market, said: "Getting the chance to donate the money was a really big thing. My family are all so pleased I chose the British Heart Foundation. It's a great way to keep Sharon's memory alive for her grandchildren."
The money Ms Crossley donated will go towards the charity's Mending Broken Hearts Appeal to fund research into heart failure.
Ms Crossley, of Matlock Road, said: "What the charity does is pioneering research and this money gives that research a future to be able to help patients and their families."
Sophie Jardine, the charity's fund-raising volunteer manager in Derbyshire, said: "Derby was launched as a Heart City last year.
"This is a partnership between the British Heart Foundation, NHS Derby City and Derby City Council – to raise awareness of heart disease and help the people of Derby reduce their risk.
"This partnership also aims to raise funds for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal. But we can't do it without raising more funds and we are extremely grateful to Angela and Clarks for the generous donation which will really help to give hope to heart failure patients."
For more information about the charity, contact 01773 822302.