Charity campaigners are to take their cause in memory of a young Hampshire woman onto the water today.
Claire Reed, below, from Eastleigh died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) at a hen do five months after her own wedding in 2013.
Now as a legacy to their 22-year-old daughter, Graham and Anne Hunter, and Claire’s brother Peter have entered a team into the Round the Island race today.
Their team ‘B Natural’ is rallying for support for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) to help other young people such as Claire and so far they have raised more than £3,000.
B Natural was inspired by Peter who is a master mariner and his university friend Tess Henshaw, who lives in Leeds.
Tess’s parents Ros and Pete then found yachtsman Mike Sisley who will be the skipper for their 50-nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight.
All the money will be going towards CRY to provide screening units across Hampshire to screen young people between the ages of 14 and 35 and help to prevent heart conditions being undiagnosed.
Also in the team will be Loughborough-based Andy Corry, Lynda Watts, Matt Briggs and Don Bishop.
Graham said: “There are some really, truly lovely people out there. Our team have been training really hard and Peter is going to be following the race in his car the whole way.
“This is fantastic, the race will be very emotional for us but when we said goodbye to Claire this was something we were determined to do – make sure that there was life-saving equipment for young people with heart problems, which Claire didn’t have.”
n To donate to their cause, visit: justgiving.com/B-Natural-racing-in-memory-of-Claire-Reed