Family of Ilkeston man who died suddenly: ‘The pain of losing our son doesn’t get easier’

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The family of a Ilkeston man who died from Sudden Adult Death Sydrome two years ago are to hold a memory day in his name.

Richard Shaw was 47 when he died, leaving behind a devastated family, including mum Molly, dad Vic and sister Wendy.

In June they took part in Heart of London Bridges Walk for the second time to raise funds for the charity C.R.Y (cardiac risk in the young)

Molly, 71, said: “We were overwhelmed with how generous people were last year so we decided to organise the memory day. C.R.Y have been really good so we want to raise money for them.”

Richard, a father-of-two, died on May 24, 2013. He had collapsed and was rushed to hospital. His father Vic, 69, told how they went through ‘five days of agony’ while he was on life support.

Molly said that the pain of losing him didn’t get any easier: “Richard collapsed three time and didn’t know what was wrong with him. We still don’t know why he died.

“I could see his heart had stopped. You would think you wouldn’t know but I did.”

Richard had just got a new job working at Paynes in Giltbrook which he loved. “Nothing will be the same now’, Molly said ‘We will never get over losing him.”

His sister, Wendy, said: “Tests are still being carried out on his DNA so we are potentially going to find out why he died.

“When it’s sudden it’s harder to get over.”

The memory day will be held on Saturday August 1 at the Three Horse Shoes on Derby Road. It starts at 4pm and will include a performance from Jim Vincent and Friends, live music, food and a raffle,

All funds will, go to C.R.Y, to raise awareness of sudden adult death syndrome, providing support to families.