Collier Row family climb Snowdon to help others’ hearts

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:57 15 August 2016

Amanda Armitage and her children Daniel and Emily are climbing Mount Snowdon in September to raise awareness about young sudden deaths. Pictured here at the Brentwood 5k run last year.

Amanda Armitage and her children Daniel and Emily are climbing Mount Snowdon in September to raise awareness about young sudden deaths. Pictured here at the Brentwood 5k run last year.


A mum who lost her brother to an undiagnosed heart condition will climb a peak with her two children to raise awareness of cardiac screening.

There will be no mountain high enough for Amanda Armitage, 35, of Collier Row, who has signed up to climb Snowdon next month with her son Daniel, 12, and daughter Emily, eight.

Amanda’s brother Ronnie died in 2008, aged 30, after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

The following year, she was diagnosed with a heart condition herself and now lives with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in her chest, which would resuscitate her in the event of her heart stopping.

“This could possibly save my life. If my brother had been checked, he could still be alive today,” she said.

The mum has now made it her quest to raise awareness about young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) and inform others of the free screenings available for all 13 to 30-year-olds at leading hospitals.

Climbing Mount Snowdon is not the first challenge for the family, who like to keep fit and have taken part in numerous walks, runs and school events, raising £2,500 in the process for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, also known as CRY.

“My children are very aware of my heart condition and I explained to them having a heart condition should never stop anyone achieving their goals and dreams.

“It can happen to any normal family and more people need to be made aware that this can be possibly prevented,” she said.

Since the death of her brother, Amanda has made sure her children are screened every other year.

“If screening your child finds an underlying heart condition it can save their life and save any other families losing a loved one like we have.”

According to CRY, at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions every week in the UK.

To support the family’s Snowdon climb and help them raise money for CRY, visit

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