Only weeks before their first wedding anniversary, Rose (33) suddenly lost her husband Greg (26) to an undiagnosed heart condition in October 2010. Sadly he is not alone, every week 12 young people die in similar circumstances.
Since then Rose has supported her father-in-Law to raise funds to bring heart screening to Fife and Edinburgh so that young people can have the chance to have their heart screened. Donations have also been made to C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and CAYA (Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes) via the Greg McFarlane Memorial fund. To date, the charity has exceeded its target and raised £25,000.
Despite her own grief, Rose has tirelessly supported and promoted a variety of charity events in the last 10 months:
? Sportsman's Dinner
? Poker Night
? Whisky Tasting
? Quiz Night
? 'Movember' moustache appeal
? Dress down day and cake bake
In addition, Rose has met with CRY to discuss and agree how the funding could be used to help others in the local area.
This fundraising and screening will benefit up to 600 young adults and could perhaps save a young life. Each screening session can screen 120 people and costs £3,500. As £25,000 has been raised, there is now enough funding to screen up to 600 young adults who can have the opportunity to have their heart screened to ensure there are no problems, and if there are problems identified, have them referred for suitable treatment. Rose is now working with C-R-Y to arrange the logistics of the heart screening programme as it is now much bigger than originally planned.The screenings will be free of charge and will be aimed at young adults who participate in various sporting bodies such as football, athletics or swimming in Fife and Edinburgh. Greg was an apparently fit and healthy young man who exercised regularly and participated in a charity run earlier on in 2010. It is hoped that this tragic event will encourage other people in this demographic to take up this opp