Canterbury School Teacher Fiona Tucker’s Family Raises Awareness of CRY in Her Memory

Kent Online, 4th July 2019

Primary school teacher and mum Fiona Tucker passed away in her sleep at just 29 years old due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Her family was left in a state of shock and grief.

“It hit us like a bomb exploding and has changed our lives forever,” her mother Janice said. “I kept saying to myself, ‘how could it happen’ because she was so active and healthy.”

Her family is now keen to raise awareness of the condition which took Fiona’s life through supporting the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Last year, her family and friends completed the London Bridges Walk, raising £1200 for the charity to go towards their heart screenings for young people.

“When I tell people that up to 15 young people a week die like Fiona, they can’t believe it,” said Janice. “That’s why it is so important to get the message out, to let people know this can happen so suddenly while someone is sleeping when their heart rate and blood pressure drops. The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, who have been amazing to us, described it to me as like a light switch being turned off.” She added: “We take a crumb of comfort in that she did not suffer in any way, but we wouldn’t want anyone else to go through it.” Read More