Charity DJ night in Forfar

A CHARITY DJ night will take place next month to raise awareness of the heart condition, cardiomyopathy.

The event is being held in memory of Donald Ritchie, who had been on medication for 12 years for the condition, and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation appeal called Mending Broken Hearts.

The appeal is aiming to raise £50 million for research that will help save more than three-quarters of a million people in the United Kingdom who suffer from a damaged heart.

The research will attempt to try and regenerate heart cells which are found in animals such as the zebra fish.

The charity night has been organised by Donald’s close family and is set to take place on October 27 at the Strathmore function hall in John Street. The night starts at 7.30pm and will run until 1am.

Tickets must be bought in advance for the night and can be purchased in Forfar from Canvas Arts, Re-Invention and The Plough. The Woodville Inn in Kirriemuir will also be selling the tickets.

A raffle will be drawn at the beginning of the night and local businesses and friends and family have been incredibly generous in their donation of so many brilliant prizes.

Kris Coleman, Spock and Brian Clark will feature with Gav Richardson, who is the co-producer of leading Edinburgh club night Substance and has played at the Bloc Festival in London, will be there on the night.

Donald and his wife, Shona, had been trying to have a baby for years and in 2010, after a course of IVF, they found out they were expecting their first child.

The condition had not held the 33-year-old back but four days before the couple were due their 12-week scan, he quietly passed away in his sleep whilst working on a contract in Keith for his civil engineering company.

He never had the chance to see his daughter, Hannah, who was born on February 3 last year.