A DEVOTED dad has used the decade since his son’s sudden death to raise £150,000 towards helping other families avoid a similar tragedy.
Levon Morland was just 22 when he died in his bed from a heart condition called Wolfe Parkinson White disease in January 2002.
In Levon’s memory, his family – particularly dad Jeff – have tirelessly raised cash for Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry).
The charity funds screening programmes which can find potentially fatal heart conditions in young people.
Mr Morland will tonight take to the stage with his rhythm and blues band for a charity event.
There will also be a disco, buffet and a prize draw.
Explaining why he continues to fund-raise, he said: “There are now 12 sudden adult deaths a week, so that’s a lot over a year.
“Families and close friends are devastated by it.
“Not long after Levon died we saw a TV debate about adult cot death and that’s when we got involved with Cry.”
Mr Morland, a former trade union official whose wife Sandra died from breast cancer four years ago, estimates that somewhere between £140,000 and £150,000 has been raised towards the organisation’s work since Levon’s death.
“We did a lot of screening,” added Mr Morland, of West Rainton.
“We teamed up with Philips, who have a 40ft trailer that converted into three cubicles with eco- cardiogram machines.
“We parked up at Tesco, in Durham, two years running.
“It was marvellous and we got a couple of thousand kids tested and you always find something that is not quite right.
“We launched it in Durham and then took it round the country so a lot kids got tested.
“If you find problems you can do something about them before it is too late.”
The charity event takes place tonight at the Chilton Lodge Hotel, Chilton Moor, near Fence Houses.
It will be held from 7pm to 11pm with tickets £10.
For more details or tickets call Mr Morland on 0795 851 4701.