A TEAM of students will fill their year with tough physical feats in memory of a schoolgirl who died suddenly.
Charlotte Turnbull-Adams was practising for a race at her school sports day when she collapsed and died just moments after crossing the finishing line.
Investigations revealed the cause was Sudden Death Syndrome.
A decade after the eight-year-old’s death at St Margaret’s Primary School, in Durham, her loved ones continue to support charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry) and campaign for teachers to undergo CPR training which could make a difference in the minutes after collapse.
Her brother Kris, 16, and seven other boys in his tutor group at Framwellgate School in Durham are due to begin a year of sporting challenges to boost the funds of the charity.
The first will be the 10k Edinburgh Great Run on October 2, with others to include the C2C bike ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland, the Three Peaks Climb, which involves walks up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon, and the Manchester Great Run.
Tutor group and PE teacher Kyle Dinsdale hopes to tie the events in with the Duke of Edinburgh Award as a record and reward for their hard work, in addition to their academic studies, as well as see more of the country and learn from their experiences.
Mr Dinsdale said: “The pupils have really impressed me in their attitude to this year-long project and I just wish to give them every chance to succeed.”
Charlotte and Kris’s mum Deborah Turnbull-Adams, who has another son Phillip, 14, a student at Durham School, has given the group her backing.
She said: “I think it’s really good of them and I think now they’re just chomping at the bit.
“PE is Kris’s best subject at school and that was quite hard for me because I’ve already seen one child die during PE lesson, but I’ve had to step back a bit.
“But I want people to be aware if they are concerned about their child or they’re involved in a lot of sports to check out Cry.”
Mrs Turnbull-Adams has fund-raised for Cry, spoken to schools to raise awareness of conditions, and has encouraged friends and families to undergo checks to pick up heart conditions.
A trophy in Charlotte’s memory is awarded each year at St Margaret’s sports day, as well as at the Chorister School, where Phillip attended before moving on to senior school, with plans to present one to Framwellgate and Durham Schools once both boys finish their studies at each.
Donations can given to the school via justgiving.com/framwellgateschooldurham or by texting the word fram99, followed by a space, and the number of pounds they want to donate up to £10, to 70070.
A raffle offering a signed Sunderland AFC and a Newcastle United strip is being run as part of the sponsorship drive.
SUDDEN Death Syndrome (SDS) is an umbrella term used for the many different causes of cardiac arrest in young people.
These conditions include thickening or abnormal structure of the heart muscle and irregularities of the electrical impulses which upset the natural rhythm of the heart.
Instances of SDS are defined as non-traumatic, non-violent, unexpected occurrences resulting from cardiac arrest within as little as six hours of previously normal health.
Sport itself does not lead to cardiac arrest, but it can act as a trigger for a young person to die suddenly by exacerbating an undetected condition.
Cry recommends screening by electrocardiogram and echocardiogram if there have been any young sudden deaths in the family, or if a young person is suffering from symptoms of chest pain related to exercise, breathlessness, palpitations, dizziness and fainting.