Tragic bride’s memorial fund nears target

Claire Reed

Claire Reed on her wedding day. Pic courtesy J.Stock photography

A charity fund set up in memory of a newly-wedded bride who died suddenly last month has almost reached its target of £4,000 just two weeks after it was set up.

Claire Reed was  22 and had been married for only five months when she collapsed and died while out on a friend’s Hen party. The accountant and beauty therapist from Chandler’s ford was otherwise fit and healthy with an active life style, but despite this she fell victim to ‘Sudden Adult Death Syndrome’. It has been estimated that every week 12 people under 35 die similarly, without warning, from a previously undiagnosed heart condition .

Claire was a popular young woman and over 400 people attended her funeral last week at West End. One of her friends decided to start a memorial page on the ‘Just Giving website’ to raise funds for ‘Cardiac risk in the young’ – a charity which aims to raise awareness of SADS and campaigns to introduce mandatory screening of young people to identify those who might be at risk. Fund raiser Caz Slade set a  target of £4,000 and this morning the fund already stands at £3,750 – just £250 short.

Claire’s heartbroken parents Graham and Anne Hunter will appear on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast show with Julian Clegg today (7-8 am) to talk about their daughter and their support for the C-R-Y Charity.

Claire’s father Graham – a Botley Parish Councillor – says both he and his wife are ’Still in shock’ but are nevertheless determined to warn people of the risks posed to the young by SADS and say they plan to lobby and campaign for NHS funded screening.

You can donate at Claire Reed’s memorial page here

Find out more about Cardiac Risk in the Young here

  3 comments for “Tragic bride’s memorial fund nears target

  1. Graham
    April 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you Stephen. Claire would have been so proud of your article. We had great coverage on BBC Radio Solent and BBC South Today. Thank you to all.
    Claire’s Dad

  2. Graham
    April 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Thank you to the kind generosity of all who have donated to C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young), we have now raised just over £4,000. in memory of Claire. We have have been talking with the Chief Executive & Founder of C-R-Y, Alison Cox MBE, and we will now try to push this to a minimum of £5,000. This will then open the gate to being able to having a mobile screening session for two days locally by C-R-Y for 100 young people between 14 and 35.The results would be anlaysed by their experienced team including a Cardiologist.
    This is our legacy to Claire, we hope you can help us achieve this to help prevent further deaths due to SADS.
    Thank you. Graham (Claire’s Dad), Andy her husband and the families

  3. April 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the death of Claire. I lost my husband in 2011 to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and even today I am still trying to come to terms with the fact how a healthy 57 year old man can go to work one day and not return home. However, I would like your readers to be aware that there is a Charity called SADS UK (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome) and in fact of the 30 June 2013, people are requested to attend the “Big Fun Run” at Southampton Common. The charge for adults entering will be £11.49 and children are free and there are also concessions which will be allowed to take part at a cost of £9.49. Further enquiries can be obtained from SADS tel: 01277 811215 or go to http://www.bigfunrun.com. All fees paid will go to SADS who are campaigning for defibrillators to be available at all Schools & Colleges as defibrillators can help to restart the heart and it may save a loved one such as the footballer who made headlines recently when his life was saved by one of these. My daughter and I raised funds for SADS through a quiz night recently which was hi-lighted in the Southern Evening Echo. It is quite frightening how many people in Hampshire are victims of this awful death which is why we must do everything we can to help Society deal with such deaths.
    Suzanne Phillips
    suzannephillips41@gmail.com

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