Ipswich/Dovercourt: Campaigning son’s charity bike ride to buy defibrilator in aid of mother

Laurence Kidd, of Ipswich, is cycling from Brantham, Suffolk to Dovercourt, Essex in aid of his moth

Laurence Kidd, of Ipswich, is cycling from Brantham, Suffolk to Dovercourt, Essex in aid of his mother.

A campaigning son aiming to buy his first heart defibrillator in memory of his late mother is asking for support in his charity bike ride.

Laurence Kidd, of Henniker Road, Ipswich, believes his mum Rosemary could have been saved if a defibrillator was on site when she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at a motorway service station and died a week later.

The mother-of-six, of Nightingale Close, Harwich, fell ill at the Corley Services on the M6 when driving home from a wedding with her husband John, 65, on September 30.

Off-duty Suffolk police officer Daniel Aston treated Rosemary at the scene before paramedics took her to University Hospital Coventry. She died on October 7, aged 64.

But now, Laurence, 28, is training hard to complete a gruelling bike ride from Bramford, Suffolk, to Dovercourt, Essex, with friends and family on May 27. He is hoping to raise £1,200 to buy and install the first defibrillator at Bramford CEVC Primary School in Ipswich, which his son Tristan attends.

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“I think it is a fitting tribute to a wonderful mother who spent her life helping others,” Mr Kidd said. “I hope the bike ride is a success.”

He has set-up a ‘Rosemary Remembered’ website for people to donate funds. Visit www.justgiving.com/rosemaryremembered to support his charity bike ride.

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