Friends run to help charity that helped them grieve

The best friends of a 26-year-old man who died suddenly of heart failure after a morning at work, will be raising money for the charity who helped them cope with their grief.

Jane Hobbs, Martyn Hopping and Gavin Readings will be competing in the London Marathon in April in memory of Matthew Readings who died in January this year.

Father-of-one Matthew, who was a keen kick boxer, had no symptoms or illnesses to make loved ones aware that his heart was suffering.

The charity the friends are supporting, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), helps the bereaved friends and relatives of those who die in similar circumstances, with no explanation to take comfort from.

Best friend Jane Hobbs, said Matthew's death came as a huge shock to everyone.

"He went to work that Sunday morning without a care in the world. After work he went back to his mum's house for a sleep as he had been working the night before. But he never woke up from that sleep.

"He was a bouncer by night and a scaffolder by day, you couldn't keep him down, everyone knew Matthew. There were so many people at the funeral that we had to get loud speakers outside the crematorium so everyone could hear. He is such a loss to everyone."

Matthew, who regularly took pat in local pantomimes was a real community man who couldn't do enough for people according to local nurse Jane.

"He was such a great guy. We all found it really hard after death, but CRY were a great help. We were offered counselling from people who had been affected by shock deaths like Matthew's. It was great to be able to talk to somebody like that, it made me feel like I wasn't alone. It gave me real hope and that is why we want to raise money for the, so they can help others."

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