Charity match will mark wedding day

Idea: Louise Ayre is helping to organise the charity football match and fun day in memory of her fiance Adam Stanwick
Idea: Louise Ayre is helping to organise the charity football match and fun day in memory of her fiance Adam Stanwick

The fiancée of a footballer who died after suffering a massive heart attack on the way to taste the food for his wedding reception in Lancaster is to launch a charity appeal in his memory.

Adam Swanwick, 28, from Catterall, who was known by his nickname ‘Jags’, was the passenger in a car being driven by his wife-to-be Louise Ayre on the way to their wedding reception venue at Lancaster Golf Club when he collapsed on September 2.

Despite emergency first aid given by Louise and paramedics, Adam later died in intensive care at Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Now, his devastated fiancée has organised a community charity event at Garstang Football Club on what would have been their wedding day.

Louise, 26, said: “What has happened is absolutely devastating, but if I can use this to make just a little bit of a difference, and prevent just one person going through what I have been through, it will be worth it and I would be chuffed. I’m determined to put my energies into something good, and raising awareness is so important.”

She is aiming to set up After Death Appears Miracles (ADAM), and hopes to raise awareness and funds for young person’s heart charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

The couple were due to marry at Garstang St Thomas’s Church on Saturday, October 27. The fixture will be a battle of the sexes, with Adam’s past and present Garstang FC team-mates ‘Team Jags’ taking on ‘Lou’s Ladies’.

She said: “The 27th would have been our special day, and it really was so peculiar – just a day or two after Adam died I was thinking what can I do to get me through this day.

“I had an idea for a kick around with all our mates and family, girls versus boys, and then drinks in the pub. I mentioned it to a few people how we could do it for charity, and it has just grown and grown.

“It is quite overwhelming, really, but brilliant.”

The club will host the event at the Riverside ground. It will begin at 10am and, as well as the match, will feature a range of activities from charity auctions, raffles and stalls to kids’ entertainment, live music and disco for the evening. All the money raised from the event is to be donated to Lancaster Infirmary’s Intensive care unit.

To buy tickets call Louise on 07823882125 or Paul on 07921761435.