On the night of the 18th March 2015, Daniel Hughes had been sitting at home having a normal night in.
At around 9:30pm he walked past the living room door and said good night to his parents. In the early hours of the 19th Dan’s heart stopped and he slipped peacefully away in his sleep.
Nathan Stubbs, 29, of Bignall End, Stoke-on-Trent, a close friend of Dan’s said, “He was just an everyday lad.”
Dan and Nathan would play football, go to the gym and go on annual skiing holidays together.
“He worked as a postman and was a well-loved, respected member of the local community in Audley and Bignall End, as well as the places he regularly worked such as Mow Cop,” said Nathan.
“Losing one of your friends suddenly like this leaves a gap that, to this day hasn’t been filled. Our friendship group is completely different not having Dan in it.”
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) Charity, are dedicated to supporting young people diagnosed with potentially life threatening heart defects.
12 young people die each week of undiagnosed heart conditions. The money raised for CRY goes towards free heart screenings for young people aged 14 to 35 in order to prevent the defects going unnoticed.
“I had no idea about the charity before Dan passed away”, Nathan said.
“CRY was chosen by Dan’s parents, Dave and Sue, and since we have organised a number of events that have helped raise over £100,000 to date.
“The first of which was a 170 mile bike ride from Wembley stadium to the Britannia stadium!”
On Saturday 28 October, at The Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley, there will be a comedy event ‘CRYing With Laughter’ held in memory of Daniel Hughes, organised by Nathan, in order to raise money for the charity.
He said, “The whole idea of the event came about when I met up with some old friends who knew a couple of comedians.
“Of all the events that Dan’s friends and family have organised to date, weirdly, considering how much Dan loved to laugh, a comedy evening hasn’t been organised.”
The event will consist of four comedians, hosted by local comedian Jo D’Arcy.
Jo, 36, from Trentham, said, “I think it’s going to be a great night.
“The cause is so important and personal to Nathan, who’s worked so hard to organise it.
“We’re really lucky to have a great line up of comedians.
“I’m really looking forward to showing off the comedians to the audience and showing off how warm and friendly and up for a laugh Stokie’s are to the comics.”
Nathan added, “For me, my number one target would be to sell the theatre out!
“It will raise awareness and more money for screening days.
“I think it is scary to think that I previously hadn’t heard of the screening days or the charities until I had someone close to me pass away.
“I believe that Cardiac Risk in the Young is the perfect charity for us to raise money for, as it allows us to raise money for screening young people, between the ages of 14-35 years old.
“From the screening days that Dan’s parents have ran, so far 4 people have been found with potential heart defects. It would be amazing if we could continue this great work and give the opportunity to more people to have their hearts checked.
“This type of death could literally happen to anyone. If everyone can support these events, more and more people can be screened so that less people have to suffer like we did.”
CRYing with laughter will be at The Mitchell Arts Centre on Saturday 28 October at 6pm. http://mitchellarts.iristickets.co.uk/en/c-r-y-ing-with-laughter-charity-auction-and-comedy-show/tickets-1017.html