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Donations flood in for Anna

The late Anna Smith pictured with her four year old daughter Ava.

A FUNDRAISING page started by the husband of a young mother who died suddenly last month has raised £12,750 for the British Heart Foundation in just nine days.

Thirty seven year old dental nurse Anna Smith died after suffering two heart attacks on 22 January. Doctors at the hospital discovered that she had had an undetected heart problem since childhood which had caused no problems until then.

Anna’s husband Darron set up a Just Giving page at the end of January, and since then there have been a remarkable 544 donations raising nearly 30 times as much as the £450 target he had set.

Darron learned of “the worst news one could ever receive” while he was working offshore near Indonesia. The couple have a four year old daughter, Ava.

“Anna took ill and within 24 hours passed away after two cardiac arrests,” he explained on the fundraising page. “She was a young mother with everything to live for, she was fit and looked after herself.

He started the fundraising page in the hope that workmates would contribute, hoping for a few hundred pounds.

But, with the link being shared widely on social media, hundreds of donations have come in locally and from further afield. Over £2,000 was raised in a collection at Anna’s funeral in Lerwick’s Big Kirk on Wednesday.  

Darron added: “It has blown me away the generosity shown on this page and, although I’m heartbroken, I have managed a smile knowing all the people donating are not only supporting the British Heart Foundation but supporting Ava and I during this hard time.”

  • You can donate to the British Heart Foundation via this link.