New initiative to raise awareness of the risks of blood clots and immobility

Schoolchildren stand up for St Annes man Louis who died suddenly aged just 24

Blackpool sports students -and schoolchildren around the country - took a stand in memory of a St Annes man who died of a rare blood clot when he was just 24.

Louis O'Neill died on June 3 last year after suffering deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The former Blackpool FC volunteer, who lived in Bedfordshire, worked as a barista in a coffee bar at a holiday park when lockdown started and he was put on furlough.

Like many people during lockdown, he fell into a sedentary lifestyle - which ultimately led to his tragic death, as DVT develops due to inactivity as blood pools inside the body and thickens into a clot.

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