On 20th September 2016 it will be 10 years since my big brother Kevin passed away. 10 years since Kevin was sat at his desk in work talking to colleagues when suddenly he flung his head back and fell to the floor dead.
Even now, 10 years on, the nature of Kevin's death is difficult to understand, but it happens to at least 12 people under the age of 35 every single week.
The charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). They support young people diagnosed with cardiac conditions and offer bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research, referrals and screening for families who need it. They are a lifeline to thousands of families in one way or another and were a lifeline to me and to my parents.
Over the years I have participated in half marathons and shared Kevin's story on radio broadcasts to raise money for CRY and awareness for YSCD. I have also contributed to a sibling bereavement booklet to try and help other young people who have lost their brother or sister in the same way.
This year I will be participating in Aberdeen's Beast Race on 24th September.
In the days previous to his death, Kevin had socialised with friends, had attended an ongoing training course to be an Accountant, had gone for lunch with a girl he'd newly met - he was enjoying life and working towards a future he thought he had.
I'm asking everyone who knows me, or knew Kevin to sponsor me and donate £10 to help CRY continue to support families who need them. That's £1 for every year we've missed Kevin from our lives, £1 for every year you've been able to go on that second date, to complete that training course, to continue socialising with friends and to enjoy all the other wonderful things that life has to offer.
Thank you for remembering Kevin xxx