THE wife of a man who died of a heart attack has arranged a charity event to raise awareness of heart conditions and the British Heart Foundation.
Mother-of-two Rachel Stow, 43, lost her husband Darren, 44, of Old Leake, following a heart attack in September 2011.
He had been undergoing investigations at Pilgrim Hospital after suffering from dizziness, sharp pains and breathlessness for four months before he died.
This led to Mrs Stow, supported by friend Kerry Howley, 33, wanting to do something in Mr Stow’s memory and to raise the profile of heart attacks and the BHF.
Mrs Stow and Mrs Howley have organised for Old Leake Primary School and nursery school staff and pupils to take part in the BHF Rock Up in Red Day on February 1. Each family donates £1.
They have also been supported by local businesses which have BHF sweepstakes and donation boxes.
Mrs Stow, a curriculum administrator assistant at Boston College, said: “Darren died suddenly. The last 16 months have been very difficult. Our daughters Isabel, 6, and Milly, 4, kept asking when their daddy was coming home.
“Old Leake Primary School is our focal point as it has supported us as a family and provided the children with one-to-one support.
“Arranging and organising charity events has given me something to focus on in Darren’s memory.”
Mrs Stow is very thankful for all the support she has gained from Kerry Howley, mother of Tom, 7, and Daisy, 6, who attend the same school as her children.
Mrs Howley added: “The way in which Rachel has dealt with it all has been inspirational. There are a lot of people who have suffered a heart attack or lost someone to it.
“We hope by bringing the community together we will raise awareness and funds to support the BHF.”
Mr Stow was a contracts manager at architectural roofing construction, CEL, and had been in the roofing industry all his working life.
Plans are in place for bigger charity events in the future.
Sweepstakes and donation boxes are available at The Bricklayers Arms, The Angel Inn, The Butchers Arms, Sandra’s Hair Salon, Maureen’s Hair Salon. Sweepstake is also available at Kime’s and a donation box is in the Co-op. Alternatively donate online by visiting www.lastinghope.bhf.org.uk/darrenstow
For more information about the the BHF and its work log on to www.bhf.org.uk