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Charity auction is a life saver

PUBLISHED: 21:00 24 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:58 03 March 2010

FANCY having a team of soldiers doing your housework or the garden?

Well your dreams could come true at a charity auction to raise money for live saving machines.

FANCY having a team of soldiers doing your housework or the garden?

Well your dreams could come true at a charity auction to raise money for live saving machines.

Woodbridge couple Robi and Kate Fox have organised the auction in a bid to highlight and fundraise for the national charity CRY. (Cardiac Risk in the young)

Their sporty 13-year-old daughter Laura collapsed and died suddenly at home after returning from a family holiday more than three years ago.

It was revealed that the bubbly youngster had been suffering from a heart condition that kills between four and eight young people a week.

Her parents had no idea she was suffering from the condition and in the last three years have been tirelessly fundraising to buy ECG machines that can detect the problems in youngsters early on.

There has been a huge response to the charity auction, from businesses in the area, who have donated lots of prizes ranging from a silk scarf to a helicopter trip for four as well as tickets for the London Eye.

In January an ECG machine was bought for £12,000 and given to the Framfield House Doctor's surgery in St John Street, Woodbridge where Mrs Fox works, but now the couple from Borrett Place, in the town are fundraising to buy another.

The couple are also campaigning to get regular screening sessions in schools and for sports groups – as is already done in the United States as a matter of course.

To spark that off they are hoping to organise a weekend screening session for anyone who might want it.

Thousands of pounds has been raised within the county and last month, Dr Gary Taylor from the Framfield House surgery ran the London marathon and raised more than £3,000 for CRY.

Mr Fox, a policeman for Suffolk constabulary said: "It is a national charity but we have a local fund so the money comes back to us to be spent here.

"The support we have received is unbelievable, it really is.

"It is very difficult for us to comprehend – it has been going on for four years now and people are still really ready to help when you approach them."

Research is still going on into the heart condition at St.Georges Hospital in London, something Mr Fox sees as absolutely vital.

He said: "When you have a young person die and the pathologist can't find a specific cause they say it is natural causes.

"But there is nothing more unnatural than the death of a young person."

n. The charity auction is being held at Suffolk police headquarters in Martlesham on July 20 from 7pm.

Tickets cost £6 and it is hoped there will be a disco after the auction.

For tickets and further information contact Robi Fox on 01394 380614.

WEBLINK: www.cry.org.uk


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