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

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