The parents of a teenager who collapsed and died
from an undiagnosed heart condition have praised a school for signing up to
their defibrillator campaign.
Tom Reid was just 19 when he died suddenly in
September 2009 after collapsing at a nightclub during his fresher's week at
University College London.
Since his death, parents Antony and Halina have
been campaigning and fundraising on behalf of two charities, Cardiac Risk in
the Young (CRY) and SADS UK, which raises awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic
As reported in the YEP, Antony was hoping to
complete a coast-to-coast bike ride to raise awareness and funds for a
campaign to equip secondary schools in Leeds with life-saving
But he has had to postpone the ride until next
year after just one school volunteered to help him with his mission.
Mount St Mary's in Richmond Hill raised £600 by
holding a non-uniform day, which will go towards providing the school with a
The rest of the money will be donated by the
couple after their annual fundraising TomFest gig was a storming success.
Antony, who lives with Halilna and their other
son, Alex, 18, in Garforth, said: "We're really pleased that Mount St Mary's
came on board because we'd be a bit disheartened if we'd had no uptake.
"All the school did was hold a non-uniform day and
that was half the money raised. These defibrillators really could save
a pupil's life so it would be great if more schools could support us."
The year's TomFest was held at city centre venue
The Cockpit in April, following on from the success of the first event at
the Elbow Rooms last year.
Eight bands played and just over £2,000 was raised
for the couple's appeal.
The family also received a welcome boost when the
food hall at Marks and Spencer at Briggate chose CRY as their charity of the
year in April.
Halina, who will also tackle the Roundhay Park Big
Fun Run in August with some of Tom's friends, added: "We're so pleased
with all the support we've had and we were thrilled when we received the
news about Marks and Spencer.
"A defibrillator could have saved Tom's life and
sports are mandatory in schools, so defibrillators should be on hand in case
they are needed."
To make a donation visit
www.justgiving.com/thomasantonyreid, or for more about the defibrillator