poignant tribute

Andrew Tighe
Andrew Tighe

A Milngavie student is going to run his first ever marathon this summer to raise money in memory of one of his best pals who tragically died.

When 20-year-old Andrew Tighe heard that his close friend, who was on the same course as him at university, had died suddenly in his sleep, he initially thought his friends were playing a sick joke on him.

Sadly, that was not the case and he was faced with the terrible truth that fellow student Darren Smith, who was only 19-years-old, had passed away.

Darren had always appeared to be in very good health and had recently been on a skiing trip with Andrew.

Andrew, who grew up in Milngavie and is a former pupil of Douglas Academy, was devastated by the news that Darren had died due to Sudden Death Syndrome, which can lead to a young person having a fatal heart attack.

Andrew says it has taken him a long time to come to terms with the shock of losing his friend.

He had never heard of the condition before this and now wants to raise awareness of it.

He will also donate all the money he raises by doing the Edinburgh Marathon to a charity which is devoted to researching Sudden Death Syndrome

Andrew, who is studying computer aided mechanical engineering at Caledonian University, said: “I’ve since found out that 12 people every week die of undiagnosed heart conditions.

“I want to raise awareness about this illness so that young people like Darren can fight back.

“It was the first anniversary of Darren’s death recently and we wanted to do something positive.

“Myself and my friend Chris Ritchie, who was also a great friend of Darren’s, decided we would raise money for an amazing charity called Cardiac Risk in the Young.”

If you would like to donate to Andrew’s appeal, go to www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/DarrenSmith