Charity events in memory of Langport crash victim Daniel Matts
The family of a teenager who died in a car crash are raising money with two charity events.
Daniel Matts died near Langport in September 2011. The crash also claimed the life of Dan Gardner.
Since the tragedy friends and family of both 19-year-olds have raised hundreds of pounds for charity with concerts.
This weekend Daniel Matts’ dad Mark is helping to host a comedy night in Somerton to raise money for the charity Yeovil Heartbeat. And next month, family members will make a charity skydive for Yeovil Heartbeat.
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The charity supports the coronary care unit at Yeovil Hospital and helped Daniel.
Mr Matts said: “A couple of years before Daniel died he found out he had a heart condition.
“He went through two years of tests trying to find out what was wrong with him.
“As a result he spent quite a lot of time at the unit and Yeovil Heartbeat was there to offer him support.
“It was quite hard not knowing what was wrong with him -they really connected with him and they also support the families.
“Unfortunately we never found out what the problem was before he died.”
The proceeds of the comedy night will be split between Yeovil Heartbeat and African Outpost charities which supports people with Aids.
The event was the brainchild of Joanne Robinson and Sarah Shepherd.
The main star of the show will be Black Jack Davey, an Irish stand-up comic and singer.
The event includes a raffle and disco.
Doors open at 7pm tonight at the Edgar Hall in Somerton.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from the Royal Oak and the Globe pubs in the town.
Mr Matts is are also taking part in a skydive in April – again to raise money for Yeovil Heartbeat.
Daniel’s mum Gerri and two brothers Richard, 22, and Connor, 16, will also take the plunge in his memory.
Mr Matts said: “On a personal level this is something I have always wanted to do and doing it for Yeovil Heartbeat has given me the motivation. Before then I was always a bit too scared.
“I don’t think Daniel would believe that we’re doing it – he wouldn’t have done it with us because he was afraid of heights.”
To sponsor them for the event visit skydive.matzy.co.uk.