Stuart’s memory will live on

THE family of Rotherham am-dram legend Stuart Lister have unveiled plans for his memory to live on in the form of life-saving defibrillators.

Stuart’s family have launched the Start a Heart campaign in honour of the 68-year-old, who died suddenly at a Rotary Club meeting in May.

Daughter Carrie Platt said: “Dad touched so many people during his life both through Rotary and his time with Rotherham Rep and we were determined for that to continue after his death.

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“We wanted something positive to come out of what happened to him.”

Sitwell Rotary Club member Andrew Bates teamed up with the Carlton Park Hotel, where Stuart died, to provide a defibrillator and training for staff.

The Rotary Club is also planning to help raise funds for the appeal, which would see the vital life-saving equipment placed in public places around Rotherham in special cabinets, which could be opened in case of emergencies.

The campaign kicks off in earnest on Sunday with a family fun day backed by the Rotary club at the Woodman pub in Woodlaithes from noon until 8pm.

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Start a Heart Sunday will feature various stalls, games and activities such as hook-a-duck, coconut shy, a human fruit machine and face painting.

There will also be a raffle, auction, two live bands, a solo singer and a DJ, plus cake stalls and a barbecue starting at 6pm.

There are still stalls available at the event at the Woodman in return for a £20 donation, with a marquee available in case of rain.

To book a stall or for more information, call Carrie on 07515 368046.

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