The Kris Ledgard Memorial Fund will keep you updated with the latest news in fund raising, events, partnerships and sports information.
Andrea and family complete London to Brighton Bike Ride for Kris
Family friends of Kris took part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride on Sunday 6 September 2015. After months of hard training they completed the ride in Brighton to seaside sunshine.
A tremendous fundraising effort accumulated to £720 raised fro CRY in memory of Kris. This in turn helps to screen over 20 more people and prevent further sudden and young cardiac deaths.
Thank you so much to Andrea and her family for supporting Kris’ memorial fund and it was a wonderful to see you cross the finish line.
Kris Ledgard Memorial Ice Hockey Tournament and Match 2015
Over the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August, the Kris Ledgard Memorial Ice Hockey Tournament and Match took place following the tremendous success last year. With players of all ages and locations, it was a fantastic weekend in the new Planet Ice Arena, Milton Keynes. After a tournament for the junior teams, the senior tournament took place over two days with the Thunder team being victorious!
A memorial game finished the event which saw a number of familiar faces that played with Kris or knew of him during his stint as a hockey player.
With the support of the Milton Keynes ice hockey community and further afield, this years event raised over £8,300. Another brilliant total and an excellently organised event once again by Alex Barrow and friends.
To see pictures of the day visit the events facebook page by clicking here
DRY for CRY
A close family friend Sean Maloney set up ‘Go Dry for CRY’ in the month of January. Throughout the month of January Sean asked for everyone to stay off the alcohol in January and donate the money you would have spent to support the work of CRY and in memory of Kris. In total Sean raised £100!
Two years on and £20,000 raised
Saturday 4 October 2014 marks two years since Kris passed away from an undetected cardiac death. With such a tragic and sudden lost to our family, the support from family and friends has been overwhelming. We are happy to announce that the Memorial Fund has now raised over £20,000, of which will be used to hold cardiac screening for young adults to help prevent further cardiac deaths. The contribution of everyone has been fantastic and we are very thankful.
Mike’s 26 mile Trek
On Friday 26 September Michael Jones completed a 26 mile Trek across the South Downs and raised over £500 for CRY and in memory of Kris. It was a tremendous effort that took the majority of the day and finished at Brighton. This event helped the Kris Ledgard Memorial Fund to now have raised over £20,000.
Kris Ledgard 24 hour and Memorial Ice Hockey Game 2014
A tremendous weekend over Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July saw over 150 local ice hockey players play in a 24 hour continuous ice hockey game. The event saw players from past and present who had known or even played with Kris in Milton Keynes many years ago. We are very thankful to Alex Barrow and her friends Liz and Nicky for the time and effort they dedicated to organise and deliver such an amazing event. To read further media reports please click here.
Over £2000 raised a year since Kris passed away…
Friday 4 October 2013 marks a year to the day that Kris passed away from a cardiac arrest. Family and friends have been strong and supported Kris’s Foundation and Memorial Fund. We are pleased to say that over £2000 has been raised in memory of Kris. It has been a tremendous effort to get the fund raising off the ground to support the Cardiac Risk in the Young in screening more young adults to prevent further cardiac fatalities. We hope that many more family and friends of Kris help us to raising as much money as possible.
Support Kris on his 23rd Birthday
Today, Thursday 12 September 2013 is Kris’ 23rd Birthday and to mark it we would like your help in creating more awareness of cardiac health conditions in young and healthy adults. If you would have sent Kris a card or got him a present, you can contribute to his Foundation and Memorial Fund by donating what you can by clicking here All donations go directly to CRY to support the screening programme aimed and detecting cardiac health conditions.
Through the support of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) we have been able to set up Kris’ Foundation and Memorial Fund. As part of the CRY Raising Awareness Week that starts on 23 November, you can get involved in the CRY Great Cake Bake to ensure people are aware of their work. For more information about the activities please click here.
If you are interested in raising awareness or funds in Kris’ memory please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org We are all sure Kris would love your support.
Push Alex to £1000
In May Alex Hosking became the first person to fund raise in memory of Kris by running the Milton Keynes Marathon. Currently Alex has raised over £700 and in the run up to closing his fundraising page, with your help we hope to push him into the thousand marker. Every contribution helps to screen more young adults aged 14 to 35 and help detect cardiac health conditions to reduce the frequency in young cardiac death. To support Alex please go to his page by clicking here.
Kris’s legacy will be to help stop further heart tragedies
By Tim Healy, Leicester Mercury
The family of a Leicester Riders team coach who died suddenly at his parents’ home have launched a charity foundation in his memory. Kris Ledgard, a 22-year-old former Loughborough University student, died from a heart attack in October. He had become a popular member of the Riders backroom team, putting the players through pre-match fitness routines. His 12 months as the club’s strength and conditioning coach coincided with the most successful season in the basketball team’s history.
The Riders held a minute of applause for Kris before their 89-83 victory against London Lions in the game after his death. The team also wore black ribbons on their kit in memory of him.
Now, parents Peter and Janette and brother Tom want to raise £100,000 to extend screening for young people who may have undetected heart conditions. Tom said: “On average, 12 young adults die each week from undetected cardiac conditions. Kris had an electrocardiogram eight years before he died, which did not show anything to be concerned about. “That is why we want to make funds available for young people active in sport to have full screening. “We hope to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death in young adults aged 14 to 35. Through fund-raising, we hope to support and increase the screening of young adults to detect cardiac health conditions before it is too late.” The memorial fund is supported by Cry (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and together the goal is to reduce the frequency of young cardiac deaths. “We hope to enlist the backing of teams where Kris worked, including Leicester Riders and Coventry City.”
Tom said: “A full screening session costs £35 and any person who is considered to have an abnormal ECG will be given an Echo cardiogram on the day. “Some people may also be invited to have a full cardiac evaluation at a later date. “The £100,000 target is an aspiration. But in short, we want to raise as much as we can.” The foundation went live on the internet on Sunday. Cry carries out mobile screening sessions at sports clubs, schools and community venues across the country.
Alison Cox MBE, chief executive and rounder of Cry, said: “On behalf of us all at Cry, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’. “It takes enormous courage for a family who have been affected by young sudden cardiac death to be able to see beyond their own tragedy and to want to raise funds for Cry to help save another life. “I find it very humbling that despite their own terrible grief, they somehow manage to find the strength to support us to try to prevent other families from the same catastrophic grief as they have endured. “We are hugely grateful to the Ledgard family for their hard work in setting up a memorial fund, a new website and for their fund-raising plans which will which help the legacy of their son, Kris, to live on.”
Kris Ledgard Website is Officially Launched
On Sunday 9 June 2013 the Ledgard family was pleased to launch the Kris Ledgard Foundation and Memorial Fund website. This officially unveils the Foundation and Memorial Fund to all family and friends that knew Kris. We welcome all of Kris’ friends to contribute and support us in meeting our goals and raising funds to reduce the frequency of young cardiac deaths.
Alex runs MK Marathon in 3 hours and 41 minutes
Monday 6 May 2013, Alex Hosking ran the Milton Keynes Marathon. On the first warm day in Spring and with months of training paying off, Alex completed the marathon in a tremendous time of 3 hours and 41 minutes. By taking part in this event, Alex is the first person to start raising funds for the Kris Ledgard Memorial Fund. The Hosking and Ledgard families supported Alex on the day and were dressed in ‘Team Alex’ t-shirts. A great day was completed by an afternoon picnic in the glorious sunshine.
Well done Alex.
Cara wins the Kris Ledgard Sports Award for 2013
Cara Brooker from Stantonbury Campus Secondary School won the first Kris Ledgard Sports Award on Thursday 28 March during the annual PE Celebration. Cara is the Sports Captain for Grafton Hall, which is a role and responsibility Kris also held during his time at Stantonbury.
Well done Cara.