Friends' charity cycle effort in memory of tragic Harpenden girl
PUBLISHED: 12:18 25 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010
TWO cyclists have raised more than £6,000 in memory of their friends daughter, who died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure at the age of seven. Hannah Tuberville from Harpenden was a bright, happy, energetic and physically fit young girl, even th
TWO cyclists have raised more than £6,000 in memory of their friends' daughter, who died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure at the age of seven.
Hannah Tuberville from Harpenden was a bright, happy, energetic and physically fit young girl, even though she had been fitted with a pacemaker at the age of three.
But her heart stopped suddenly in 2007 while she was enjoying a skiing holiday in France with her parents Katy and Chris, along with her twin sister Lucy and older brother Oliver.
Following her death, Katy and Chris set up a memorial fund under the umbrella of charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) to help fund vital research into the causes and prevention of sudden cardiac death in apparently fit and healthy young people.
The CRY Centre of Cardiac Pathology at the Royal Brompton Hospital carries out the work and pledges to give grieving families a cause for their loved one's death within two weeks.
Family friends Jeremy Edbrook and Gerry Stubbs from Harpenden, who met Katy and Chris through antenatal classes, decided that they wanted to help and recently set out on a 329 mile fundraising bike ride to Paris which they completed in four days.
Jeremy said that the first day was the most challenging as it saw them cycling over 90 miles. He said: "We were worried about day one being our biggest day but as we cycled on it was great to know we were raising so much money for a charity close to us."
Gerry said he has been touched by the generosity of his sponsors and was surprised by how many of his friends had been affected by heart-related issues.
To sponsor Gerry or Jeremy retrospectively please visit www.justgiving.com/JeremyEdbrook or www.justgiving.com/gerardstubbs
n It is currently estimated that at least 12 young people die each week from undiagnosed heart conditions.
This week (October 17-25) is Cardiac Risk in the Young awareness week and more information can be found at www.c-r-y.org.uk