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Fun day in Charlotte Marie's memory is a fantastic success
10:10am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
THE parents of Charlotte Marie Prentice Underwood say a fun day held in her memory, and to raise charity funds, was a fantastic success.
Charlotte Marie was just 16 when she died in 2010 from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), and since then her parents, Robert and Maggie Underwood, have campaigned tirelessly to make sure schools in the town have life-saving defibrillators installed.
The event was officially opened by Karen Lumley MP, and hundreds of people turned up to show their support.
Charlotte’s family have thanked everyone at the Oast House, where the event was held, Howdens Joinery and Mark from Fit It Flooring, for the donation of fantastic raffle prizes, and everyone, including the wonderful performers, who gave up their time to help.
During the event, Charlotte’s mum Maggie went through with her very brave charity head shave. There was hardly a dry eye at the event as her long locks came off, revealing a neck tattoo she has recently had done, which read “Charlotte Marie 12/08/94 - 20/12/2010 Forever Young.”
Charlotte’s parents said: “We had so much going on, and everyone gave us some lovely feedback, telling us not to give up, to keep going and thanking us for safegaurding their children at school.”
The event raised a superb total of £2,265.89 which will now be used to start installing defibrillators at Redditch’s first schools.
If anyone would like to help Redditch Heart Safe, the charity set up by Mr and Mrs Underwood, they can visit www.redditchheartsafe.com search for it on Facebook or call them on 07794637073.
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