Welwyn Garden City man’s tragic loss of wife inspires charity drive

PUBLISHED: 11:55 18 September 2011

Laura and Mark Seth

Laura and Mark Seth


A BEREAVED widower has launched a campaign to raise awareness of sudden adult death syndrome after his wife died at just 37.

Mark Seth is aiming to raise enough money to install defibrillators in public places to monitor irregular heartbeats in the hope of saving lives, after the untimely death of his wife Laura, while the couple were on holiday in Cyprus in March.

Mr Seth, of Howicks Green, WGC, told the WHT: “I just want to raise awareness of the problems she [his wife] was suffering.

“As the Sudden Adult Death Trust (SADS UK) is saying, a number of 13 to 18-year-olds are coming home now with heart palpitations.

“Don’t go on without getting it checked as it could be the start of what happened to Laura.”

Speaking about what happened to his wife, Mr Seth said: “She was perfectly healthy, but then the heart just decides to go into chaotic rhythm whether you’re healthy or not.”

He added: “If I can raise money they [SADS UK] will put them [defibrillators, cardiac equipment and heart monitors] in clubs, shopping centres and libraries.

“They will be in a cabinet so if anyone needs they will be there.”

Anne Jolly, founder of SADS UK, said: “The sudden death of a child, young person or healthy adult is traumatic and devastating.

“This is why SADS UK donates cardiac equipment to save lives.”

She added: “The charity is encouraged by the lives that have been saved by the identification of abnormal heart rhythms and by the use of defibrillators they have donated to schools, sports clubs and other organisations.”

Mr Seth and SADS UK will be holding a charity night on November 19 at Mill Green Golf Club, in Gypsy Lane, WGC, and have appealed for businesses to donate raffle and auction prizes.

To donate prizes contact Mark Seth on 01707 331834 or 07885 636316.

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