Family raising money for Springboard Opportunities Group in memory of two-year-old Andreas

Andreas Martakies, who was known as Dude by his family.

Andreas Martakies, who was known as Dude by his family. - Credit: Sub

A fete is being held in memory of a two-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome to support a charity which helped him and his family.

Andreas Martakies.

Andreas Martakies. - Credit: Sub

The event has been organised in memory of Andreas Martakies, who was known to his family as Dude.

He died suddenly in November last year, and his family have decided to raise money for Springboard Opportunity Group in his memory.

The charity helps children aged up to five years old who have disabilities and additional needs.

His mum Chelle, who lives in West Wick, told the Mercury: “He was a really healthy little boy, even with Down’s.

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“It never bothered me when we found out he had Down’s, as I was very happy.

“But we woke up one morning when he was two and a half years old and he had gone very lethargic.”

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He was taken to hospital, but died after he suffering cardiac arrest.

Chelle said: “He was the bounciest little boy.

“He was brilliant and gorgeous and everyone fell in love with him after meeting him.

“He was very funny and he loved wrestling.

“After we lost him, we decided to do something for Springboard, which did so much for us.

“Springboard doesn’t get Government funding, and so I am trying to get as much support as possible to get people to notice the work it does.”

The event will be held on July 30 from noon to 3pm, at Springboard Opportunity Group at Ashcombe Children’s Centre in Stepping Stone Walk, Weston.

There will be a bouncy castle, games, live music and a ‘summer Santa’.

Chelle said: “Dude’s favourite colour was red, and because he loved it so much we thought a summer Santa was something bright and fun.”

Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

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