The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, CRY, say that 12 young people a week aged 14-35 die from undiagnosed heart conditions.
Our son and brother, Tom, was one of them. He died aged 14 in 2007. Tom’s mum, Claire, worked tirelessly for CRY. Sadly, Claire also died from a heart condition aged 54 on December 1, 2014.
As of now, this page is, therefore, a tribute to both Tom and Claire. We are extremely grateful for the support our friends and supporters have given Tom’s Fund over the years and hugely thankful that this is continuing in 2014. You can read more about the Fund and how it supports CRY at http://www.tomclabburnfund.co.uk/
The Fund has raised more than £110,000 for CRY since 2008, primarily so that young people can benefit from free heart screenings. More than 1,100 young people have been screened since our first event in 2009.
In 2014, we have held two heart screening events. In 2015, we will hold two more. You can keep up-to-date by following us on Facebook or Twitter here
Paul and Ellen x
Today should have been my son’s 15th birthday. Instead I am writing about life after Tom. Tom died in his sleep in October this year of an undiagnosed heart-related condition. He had been fit, active, healthy, doing well at school, bright and happy. We were not, in any way, prepared.
Tom died in his sleep on Friday, October 5, 2007. He was 14. Unusually, he had felt unwell and been diagnosed with a virus the day before. I checked on him in the morning, glad he’d been catching up on his rest. I knew straight away that we’d lost him
Thank you for screening our son.