Family fun day held to raise money for CRY in memory of Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson was just 42 years old when his wife Tammy found him dead on the living room sofa one evening in 2017. Tammy describes the experience as ‘the most devastating year for me’.

Ian passed away from sudden cardiac death, which is a sudden death caused by loss of heart function. The weekend of July 30 marks the fifth anniversary of Ian’s death in 2017.

Just 10 years before that during the 2007 floods, Ian Dickson was an anonymous hero pictured in the Gloucester Citizen after he dived in to save a motorist on Tredworth Road.

In remembrance of her late husband, Tammy, who now lives in Cheltenham, organised a family fun day at Longlevens in July 2019.

The fun day raised money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), a charity that raises awareness of cardiac events such as what happened to Ian.

Tammy said: “It was great to be among people who knew him, sharing memories and stories.” The event was also open to the public and drew in crowds of families looking to join in.

Altogether the event raised approximately £790 for CRY and Tammy, who has seven children, says that the day was “amazing” and that if her husband Ian were there, “he would have helped out, definitely.

“He was so good like that, always helping everyone out. We came first, that’s what I’ll remember – me and the kids always came first.

“I know he was smiling down at us yesterday.”

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