The Rotherham Heart Scanner Appeal reached its target of £103,990.59 thanks to the family and friends of Tom Fellows, who sadly passed away aged 19 following an undiagnosed heart condition.
Tom, of Bramley in Rotherham, died after suffering a burst aorta, which was caused by coarctation of the aorta — a narrowing of the heart’s main artery. Tom and his parents, Sue and John, were unaware of his condition.
Following the teenager’s death, his parents helped to support the appeal alongside the British Heart Foundation and the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.
They hosted various fundraising events, including two football matches at Tom’s former school, Oakwood High School, in November 2016.
Susan and John attended the Rotherham Scanner Appeal celebration event at Rotherham Hospital. Susan said: “The last few years have been utterly heart-breaking. Tom loved life and he was looking forward to growing up, getting married and having children – all the usual things young people aspire too. He was fantastic; caring, thoughtful and had a smile which could light up any room. He also had a huge hug which could fix anything.
“We owe it to him to keep going and our fundraising was our way of coping with the grief, of facing it and turning it into something positive.
“We hope that having the scanner in Rotherham will mean that patients with heart conditions are able to receive early diagnosis and treatment, so that other families in Rotherham don’t have to go through what we have. It would be amazing if we could prevent just one family from losing a loved one.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported our family’s fundraising and the Rotherham Scanner Appeal.”