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Dan’s Trust was set up three years ago in memory of Daniel Bagshaw, who grew up in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Aged just twenty-seven, he died suddenly during an ITU Olympic distance triathlon in Hong Kong. Without any warning he’d suffered a fatal cardiac arrest caused by sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS).
The charity has two aims: 1) to support the early diagnosis and treatment of cardiac risk in the young with the aim of reducing the frequency of sudden cardiac death in young people, and 2) to financially support disadvantaged but talented youngsters in the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn area, where Dan was from, to fulfil their potential and ambitions.

Unbelievably, each week in the UK, 12 people below the age of 35, die with no warning because they secretly harbour an inherited cardiac condition. They are often fit and healthy.
Dan’s Trust has funded ground-breaking research into this condition, making a £50,000 contribution to Dr Varnarva’s team at Imperial College London to assist in setting up a 3 year research fellowship project. This project was so successful that Imperial College were able to secure £250,000 additional funding from the British Heart Foundation to further their work.
The charity is equally motivated to make a direct impact on the lives of deserving youngsters in the Ribble Valley area. It currently funds the training of Accrington based swimmer, Ethan Naisbitt, aged 11, who training towards the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games and represents The North West Disability Squad, based at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Charity No: 1149893

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