A couple who have raised £100,000 for charity have won the Resident of the Month Award.
Jenny and Nigel Cole started fundraising for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) after their son Jeremy died suddenly of cardiomyopathy in 1995. Jeremy was 14 years old and appeared fit and healthy, enjoying skiing and mountain biking.
CRY is a national organisation which, by coincidence, was started the year Jeremy died. It was set up to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to sudden death, as around 10 young people die every week from undiagnosed heart conditions.
Jenny and Nigel became involved with CRY and decided to fundraise on a local level. Their money has funded medical equipment including ECG machines and defibrillators for the DGH and other local surgeries. Jenny works at Welbeing and the organisation recently held a quiz and raffle to raise funds.
To mark their extraordinary fundraising for CRY, Nigel and Jenny were presented with a certificate by Malcolm Toghill, Managing Director at Advanta.
Malcolm said, “Although Jenny and Nigel have endured the worst tragedy a parent can suffer, they’ve worked tirelessly to raise an incredible amount to help other parents who find themselves in the same situation – and also to help prevent that from happening. I’m pleased to present them with the Resident of the Month Award.”