Family and friends remember Milla one year on

Milla Irvine, who died of an undetected heart condition a year ago, pictured with her horse Mango. (S)

Milla Irvine, who died of an undetected heart condition a year ago, pictured with her horse Mango. (S)

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A family have paid tribute to their teenage daughter a year after she died of an undetected heart condition.

Camilla Irvine, known as Milla, died in her sleep in September last year, at only 16 years old.

One year on her family organised a party at home in her memory.

Her mother Wendy Irvine said:

“This evening was Milla’s 18th, 21st, and wedding rolled into one.

“We knew the weekend would be difficult, and our way of dealing with it was to surround ourselves by 300 hundred of our friends and Milla’s. Our guests partied on in Milla’s honour until the early hours.”

The family organised a “Midnight Challenge” to raise money for research into Sudden Adult Death Syndrome – the umbrella term for many different causes of heart failure in young people – and were thrilled when friends donated more than £700.

The money will go to the Camilla Irvine Memorial Fund at heart disease charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The charity works to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death in young people; offers support to those who have suffered a loss through a network of affected families and counselling; promotes heart screening and ECG Testing Programmes and contributes to medical research.

After Milla’s death her family were all screened for heart defects, and now Mrs Irvine said she wants other families to make sure they are not at risk.

Milla was a pupil at Ripon Grammar School, and this year the school is to dedicate its charity week to CRY.

For more information, or to donate in Milla’s memory go to www.c-r-y.org.uk