THE HEARTBROKEN parents of teenager Megan Brooks, who died suddenly last month, have spoken of their grief and how they hope to raise money for charity in her memory.
Megan was only days away from celebrating her 18th birthday when she collapsed at Eastbourne Rugby Club where she worked and was helping with a children’s tournament.
Despite the attempts of doctors and paramedic staff, Megan died. She had suffered heart problems throughout her life and died after a ventricle in her heart collapsed.
Hundreds of people attended her funeral at St Wilfrid’s Church in Willingdon. Firefighters formed a guard of honour and she was buried along with albums and a signed photograph from her favourite band Westlife.
On what would have been Megan’s 18th birthday, her parents Fraser and Jane, brother Oliver and younger sister Adela and family and friends held a celebration of her life and shared their memories of the remarkable teenager at their home in St Annes Road, Lower Willingdon, with pink fairy cakes.
Fraser, the chairman of the rugby club, and Jane, the club house manager, said their daughter was full of life, always smiling despite battling illness for most of her life and was a real people person.
“Megan was special to everybody,” said Jane, “and would do anything for anyone. She had just turned into the most beautiful young woman. We are totally lost without her. The thing we most want is the one thing we can’t have, we want her back with us.”
A plaque is to be put up at the rugby club in Megan’s memory and the goalposts are to be painted in her favourite colour pink.
A charity golf day is also being held at Willingdon Golf Club on August 5 in her memory and anyone wishing to take part can do so via the rugby club.
One of Megan’s passions was photography and she also loved meeting famous people. With her best friends Katie Honeywood and Holly Turner, she would often go to London to concerts and celebrity spotting.
Jane said, “We want the money to go to something positive so will be looking to see if Megan’s favourite celebrities are patrons of a charity that we could do something for. We think Megan would like that.”
Fraser and Jane said they also wanted to thank everyone who had supported them when Megan died.
They include their family and friends,, the WAGs from the rugby club, the fire brigade, Willingdon Community School, Sussex Police, staff at the DGH, Identity Printers and Jon and Amanda Burnett.