Every week in the UK 12 young people die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition. On 12th February 2012 our 15-year-old son Jack Thomas became one of those 12 young people.
Jack was a fit and healthy boy who had represented Wales all across Europe on a number of occasions in Taekwondo. Jack was an A* student and had been successful in gaining a scholarship at Cardiff Sixth Form College Jack’s death came as a complete shock to us, as Jack had never been ill. To this day we still have had no answers to why our precious boy fell asleep.
Since Jack’s death we have set up a memorial fund in his name.
All our local leisure centres have been provided with a defibrillator, but not our local schools. It is because of this I have set up Jack’s Appeal, which has been backed by The South Wales Argus and Welsh Hearts. The aim of Jack’s Appeal is to provided all Comprehensive Schools starting with those in Gwent and the Rhymney Valley with defibrillators
Jack’s parents, Grant and June, have been working with the South Wales Argus, medical practitioners and Welsh Hearts in order to reach this goal – on 29th April 2014, the case for ‘Jack’s Law’ for a defibrillator in every public place in Wales, was brought to the National Assembly for Wales.