Life-savers: Couple recognised for raising �10,000 in memory of daughter whose death was ‘inexplicable’
WHEN 32-year-old mother-of-one Suzanne Duffy was found dead, a coroner took two months to decide the cause was inexplicable - “like cot death in babies”.
Seven years later, her parents have been recognised for raising more than �10,000 for SADS UK, a charity which supports research into Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.
Ian and Evelyn Duffy, who live near Walpole Highway, have held five fund-raising barbecues in memory of their daughter. They have helped fund research at Papworth Hospital and bought life-saving defibrillators for Fenland organisations.
The couple’s charity work has now been hailed at the Royal College of Pathologists, where they were presented with a special “life-savers” award.
Ian, 70, said the events started as reunions for his old band in 2002. When Suzanne died three years later, they continued to hold them as fund-raisers in her memory.
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“I am incredibly proud,” he said. “Suzanne loved the first barbecue in 2002, she was running around taking pictures.
“I know she would think this was great.”
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Money raised at the Duffy’s 2009 barbecue went towards a defibrillator for Marshland High School, which Suzanne and her son Cameron attended.
The 2011 event raised enough money to buy a defibrillator for City of Peterborough Swimming Club, where Ian and Evelyn’s grandson Liam Knight is a star performer.
Ian said: “We’ve had thunderstorms and even power cuts threaten the barbecues some years - but we’ve still put them on.”
Ian and Evelyn have just secured another defibrillator. This time it was not the result of a charity barbecue... but luck.
The pair were one of seven award winners entered into a draw to win the life-saving piece of equipment at the Royal College of Pathologists.
Their names were plucked from the sealed envelope - and their prize will be donated to the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech.