Support heart char­ity for James’ sake

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE girl­friend of a char­ity run­ner who col­lapsed me­tres from a fin­ish line has urged peo­ple to do­nate to a car­diac or­gan­i­sa­tion in his mem­ory.

James Phillips, 27, from Den­ham, col­lapsed while run­ning the Reigate half-marathon in Sur­rey on Septem­ber 21.

He suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest 200 me­tres from the fin­ish line at Pri­ory Park at about 11.15am.

At­tempts were made to re­sus­ci­tate Mr Phillips but he died at East Sur­rey Hos­pi­tal.

His girl­friend, Fiona Barnes, 27, of Cop­perkins Grove, Amer­sham, is urg­ing peo­ple to make a do­na­tion to Car­diac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The cou­ple met in their teens, when she was a pupil at Dr Chal­loner’s High School and Mr Phillips at the gram­mar school, though they did not start dat­ing un­til later.

Miss Barnes, who works for the BBC in hu­man re­sources, said she had a long and sup­port­ive phone call last week with the chief

James Phillips suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest 200 me­tres from the Reigate half-marathon fin­ish line ex­ec­u­tive of CRY, which spurred her on to en­cour­age peo­ple to do­nate.

She said: “The Phillips fam­ily and I are sup­port­ing Car­diac Risk in the Young be­cause there needs to be more aware­ness of this dread­ful killer of young, seem­ingly fit and healthy peo­ple.

“On av­er­age, in the UK, 12 young adults aged 35 or un­der die each week and at least 80 per cent have no symp­toms.

“CRY have been a won­der­ful source of support to me since James’ sud­den death and any do­na­tions will, I know, be used to con­tinue their support and aware­ness pro­grammes.”

Mr Phillips had been run­ning with a group of 40 friends, in­clud­ing Miss Barnes, to raise money for the Pa­trick Evans Foun­da­tion, a char­ity that helps peo­ple suf­fer­ing from any ill­ness or dis­ease, sup­ports peo­ple deal­ing with be­reave­ment and loss, and cre­ates healthy sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple.

Money has been do­nated to the char­ity fol­low­ing his death via their just­giv­ing page.

Friends have also se­cured places for the London Marathon in 2015 in support of CRY.

Mr Phillips worked at Make Ar­chi­tects, in London, and helped de­sign the London 2012 Olympic ath­letes’ vil­lage.

His fam­ily said he was the ‘life and soul of the party’ and that he will be re­mem­bered for his warmth, kind­ness and fun-loving at­ti­tude to life.

To do­nate visit www.c-r-y.org.uk.

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