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Tenterden dads run London Marathon in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young for tragic Ben Hammond

By Rachael Woods

Two dads are running the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of a "fit and happy" 15-year-old who died suddenly of a hidden heart condition.

Tragic Ben Hammond collapsed last July little more than a week after his 15th birthday. 

Ben competing in the Hever Castle junior triathlon aged 12

Ben competing in the Hever Castle junior triathlon aged 12

The country-loving teen, a pupil at Homewood School Tenterden, had just enjoyed a birthday cycling treat with friends at Betteshanger Country Park, Deal, when he fell ill at his home in High Halden.

Doctors at the William Harvey in Ashford battled to save the youngster's life but he died within hours of being admitted.

Ben at the wheel of a Land Rover, aged 13

Ben at the wheel of a Land Rover, aged 13

Now Ben's mum and dad, Steve and Sheralyn and younger brother Archie, 11, together with family and friends are raising funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in a bid to prevent future tragedies.

CRY carries out life-saving screening programmes that detect heart problems and prevent deaths. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. 

Phil Sweatman and Nick Vincent who are running the London Marathon for Team Ben Hammond

Phil Sweatman and Nick Vincent who are running the London Marathon for Team Ben Hammond

Marathon runners Phil Sweatman, 45, a service manager for CB Motors in Tenterden and graphic designer Nick Vincent, 42, are running the London Marathon for the cause under the banner of Team Ben Hammond.

The runners have raised just over £4,800 so far and if they hit the £5,000 mark it will enable 100 Kent children to be screened for heart defects.

To support the Team Ben Hammond runners click here

 

 

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