The Alex Wardle Foundation Fund was set up in memory of Alex Wardle, who passed away in March 2016 from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). Every week in the UK, at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions (www.c-r-y.org.uk). SADS is caused by a disturbance in the heart’s rhythm, of which there are many causes, despite the person not having any physical heart disease. Alex was a medical student, working in research, and we want to continue his legacy by helping to further understand SADS and prevent deaths from the condition. The charity was set up by Alex’s family and close friends with this goal in mind.
“The Alex Wardle Foundation Fund was created to raise awareness of SADS, and do everything possible to help prevent deaths as a result. People aren’t aware of this surprisingly common condition, or that screening for cardiovascular disease can make a difference.”
Alex Wardle was a unique person - always working hard, putting others first, and improving himself. Having completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences from UWE, Alex was reading radiography at Portsmouth University. Sadly, Alex passed away from SADS on the 29th March 2016 aged just 23, leaving a devastating hole in the lives of many, many people, who his outstanding personality had touched over the years. The reaction following Alex’s passing was unfathomably huge, no one expected the outreach from the community of friends and family all supporting one another.
After Alex’s death, his parents and friends wanted to find a way to ensure that his legacy lived on - he was always looking to help people and they wanted to carry that on. Thus The Alex Wardle Foundation Fund was born to raise awareness of SADS and help others understand this condition, help people get screened, and to deliver other great work in communities based on heart conditions.
What would Alex say? "Get off the sofa, stop watching Jeremy Kyle and go and fundraise"