Girl, 16, dies in classroom
The teenager was sitting at her desk on her first day as an A-level student last September when she suddenly fell unconscious.
Staff at Cadbury Sixth Form College in Kings Norton, Birmingham, tried to revive her, but failed.
Her parents, John and Evelyn, were stunned. They had lost another daughter, Amanda, at eight weeks old to cot death in 1986. Then three years later, another child, Zoe, was stillborn.
Alison had hardly sat down before she collapsed in the college, so there was no question of horseplay or fooling around. Teachers thought she had a fainting fit and acted appropriately.
Agony as third daughter falls victim to mystery sudden death - Daily Mail - 4th March 2004
Girl's death remains a mystery - Birmingham Evening Mail - 4th March 2004
Pub patrons get on bikes
Pub customers are taking time out from the bar to get on their bikes for charity.
A team of 28 cyclists, headed by Michael Willis, landlord of the Tite Inn, at Chadlington, started out on Monday on a 120-mile ride through Oxfordshire to Hurley, in Hampshire, and back again.
They were joined for the send-off by Witney MP David Cameron, who though not riding this time, has previously joined the Chadlington bikers in charity fundraising rides.
They aim to raise more than £10,000 for three Oxfordshire charities, Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, Katharine House Hospice, and CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Mr Willis aid: “The roads around the village have seen teams of cyclists in training for the past few weeks, many of whom have not cycled more than a couple of miles in a day for ages.
“The bad news is that there are hills at the start and finish of the route each day, but we are all looking forward to the flat bits in the middle. It will be hard work, but it’s for three great charities.”
Charity golf tournament raises £2,000
A charity golf tournament held in memory of a Kings Langley man who died suddenly, raised £2,300 at the weekend.
The eighth annual tournament took place on Saturday to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), in memory of Howard Jennings from Kings Langley.
Howard died suddenly, without warning, in 1996 from a genetic heart condition, leaving behind two young sons.
Keeley Ashley, Mr Jennings’s sister, organised the annual tournament.
She said: “I am really pleased that Saturday was such a success.
“My involvement with CRY has helped me to come to terms with the loss of my brother.
“I am keen to support CRY in order to raise awareness of these conditions in the hope that other young people will not die, and other families will not have to deal with the loss of a child at such a young age.”
The tournament, held at Little Hay Gold Complex in Hemel Hempstead, attracted 64 players in total.
The winner was David Anderson, second was Lee Scarborough and third David Chambers.
The ladies’ medal was won by Roxanne Masters, the longest drive was won by James Ross and nearest the pin by Terry Lee.
The charity CRY focuses heavily on raising awareness of heart conditions in young people.
It carries out research and offers counselling to bereaved families.