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Family are saving lives after a daughter's death
THE family of a young Hampshire woman who died from a rare heart condition are poised to launch extra medical screenings to prevent other young people falling victim to the devastating illness.
Loved ones of Claire Reed will host the county’s first mass testing session for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) at Fleming Park Leisure Centre on Tuesday – six months after the condition claimed the Eastleigh accountant’s life.
The screening – which was booked up within 24 hours – provides testing for 100 youngsters aged 14-35 and is run in partnership with the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity which raises awareness of the illness.
Now the family has raised nearly £8,000 towards the cost of two more screenings after hosting a charity ball in her memory at the Ageas Bowl.
Claire, 22, from Sandmartin Close, collapsed after celebrating at a friend’s hen do in Taunton in March – five months after marrying her husband Andy.
Saturday’s event attracted nearly 200 guests for a meal and dancing.
Hampshire Cricket team wicketkeeper Michael Bates presented a signed team shirt as a raffle prize while CRY representative Nick De Chapland gave a speech.
Claire’s father Graham Hunter, 60, from Salwey Road, Botley, said: “It was a really wonderful evening and people were so generous.
“It’s an event that Claire would have enjoyed because she always loved dressing up.”
The family is in talks with CRY to host screenings next year.
On average SADS kills 12 young people a week and footballer Fabrice Muamba is among the fortunate survivors.
In June the family and CRY experts held a meeting with health secretary Jeremy Hunt to lobby for screenings to be available for free.
Death from SADS in Italy plummeted by 90 per cent when free screenings were adopted.
Mr Hunter thanked Olu Shola and Cheeky Pics for their support.