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Generous donations Late Late Show appeal raises more than €150,000 for sudden cardiac death charity

Emily McKeogh spoke of how CRY supported her after losing her fiance Killian

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Killian Roche and Emily MacKeogh. (Pic: Emily MacKeogh/Instagram)

Killian Roche and Emily MacKeogh. (Pic: Emily MacKeogh/Instagram)

Killian Roche and Emily MacKeogh. (Pic: Emily MacKeogh/Instagram)

A Late Late Show appeal has raised over €150,000 for a sudden cardiac death charity.

Last Friday, Dublin businesswoman Emily MacKeogh spoke on the show about her fiancé Killian Roche, who passed away from sudden cardiac death at the age of 32 just hours after they moved to Dubai to start a new life together.

Joining Emily in the Late Late studio was Downton Abbey star Allen Leech and Marie Greene, founder of charity organisation CRY Ireland.

CRY Ireland's mission is to raise awareness of and provide counselling services for those who have lost someone to sudden cardiac death or Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Sudden cardiac death is a sudden and unexpected death caused by loss of heart function.

In Ireland, it is estimated that two people die from sudden cardiac death each week.

Emily spoke of how CRY supported her after losing her fiancé.

“The services at CRY have been a huge support for myself and Killian’s family and I’m delighted to help spread awareness of CRY. Their services are invaluable to those that have been affected.

“Grieving should not be dealt with alone and I truly recommend seeking support for those who may need it,” she continued.

Following Emily’s brave appearance on the show, €155,000 was donated to the charity.

Lucia Ebbs, CEO of CRY said: “We are overwhelmed with the amount of support we have received over the last week. Since then, we have exceeded our expectations and received over €155,000 to date.

“This will enable CRY to launch our enhanced Family Support Programme, which offers bereavement support to families all over Ireland, north and south, plunged into grief through the sudden cardiac death of a young member of their family.

“CRY would like to thank every individual who generously donated,” she added.

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