Sporting tribute to heart victim Ben

A brave Crewe mother is raising money for charity in memory of her teenage son.

Joanne Carter, of Groby Road, has set up a memorial fund for her son Ben who was a pupil at Coppenhall High School. He died in 2005, aged 14, of an undetected heart condition.

So far Joanne has raised more than £4,000 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Employees of Rolls-Royce Distribution Generations Systems gave £110 for the charity from an inter-site football match between staff from the company's Crewe and Winsford branches.

Housewife Joanne, 41, said: "It was a fitting tribute to Ben, a keen sportsman who loved football and rugby. A big thank you to everyone who took part.

"All the staff and pupils at Coppenhall High School have been very supportive. My son Joseph, 13, has been helping to raise money at the school through a number of fairs and raffles."

Experts at CRY say at least eight apparently fit and healthy young people die in the UK every week from undiagnosed heart conditions.

The charity was founded in 1995 to raise awareness of the issues surrounding cardiac risk in the young and to encourage faster diagnosis of and screening of youngsters suffering from symptoms such as chest pain, exercise related breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness or fainting.

Mother-of-two Joanne added: Everyone needs to be more aware of these conditions and the symptoms.

"It's too late now for Ben but I want to educate young people and to raise awareness so that we can save hundreds of lives that are unnecessarily and tragically lost every year."