Amy and Chris are training to run the 2014 Brighton Marathon. We run for CRY and most of all we run for Arabella. Always and forever in our hearts.
On 6th April we'll be running the Brighton Marathon in memory of Arabella Campbell, a wonderful, bright, fun-filled 16 year old who we love so much.
Arabella died of a cardiac arrest, the week before her first GCSE exams. Tests showed she was healthy and there was no known reason for her death. Arabella was our cousin, but she was more like a sister in our family and filled every gathering with infectious fun and laughter. She was famous for her hugs and for her practical jokes. No moody teenager, she was my children’s favourite person and we were all looking forward to seeing where her life would go. Arabella loved Brighton, so it's a fitting location for us to run our first marathon wearing a big smile, just like Arabella would!
I started running two years ago, and have enjoyed the time out it gives me, many times thinking about Ara and her mum, Clare, and trying to make sense of this tradgedy. Trying to make time to fit in the training and trying to convince myself that I can do this is a hard job! Your sponsership gives Chris and I courage to face the long runs and will hopefully help us over the finishing line.
Even with his £9 running shoes and reluctance to dedicate any time to physical activity, Chris couldn't pass on Amy's suggestion of doing a full marathon. The £30 he found on the pavement when out on a good cathartic run, on the morning of Arabella's funeral, was a sufficiently blunt clue as to what could be achieved by plodding 26 miles round the Brighton coastline...
According to CRY, 12 young people in the UK die each week from undiagnosed heart conditions; a handful of these completely unexplainable, as in Arabella's case. The randomness of the event makes it all the more devastating for the families of people who die in this way. CRY are a great charity. They were quick to offer support after Arabella died and continue to do so. They have provided vital counselling to Arabella's mum, Clare, as she tries to come to terms with her loss. If you decide to make a donation, your money will be spent on CRY’s services such as bereavement support, as well as clinical research and their screening programme. Hopefully the work supported by CRY will someday reveal the mysteries of sudden adult deaths like Arabella’s.