Tragic Jimmy inspires year of fund-raising

The family of a super-fit student who died suddenly a year ago have raised thousands of pounds for charity in his memory.

Known as the Gentle Giant, Jimmy Wilson, 24, died in his sleep at the family home in Sulgrave, Washington, on January 2 last year.

The 6ft 6in computer buff, in his first year of a degree at Northumbria University, was a keen cyclist who biked up to 50 miles a day and spent his spare time at the gym. But his family discovered that he may have suffered from a rare heart condition, which cut his life short.

Family, friends and neighbours in Helmondon, Sulgrave, have been raising funds and awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), which wants the Government to introduce a heart-screening programme for children and teenagers.

So far they have raised more than £3,000 through activities which included a sponsored walk and a social night at a local club.