Teacher to take part in Windsor and Edinburgh races in memory of Swaffham pupil

Clair Foster, former teacher at Sacred Heart School in
Swaffham when 12-year-old Daisy Stonach collapsed after a swimming lesson and died from an undiagnosed heart condition eight years ago. Now she is running a half marathon and full marathon in aid of Cry in Daisy's memory.
Picture by Submitted. Clair Foster, former teacher at Sacred Heart School in Swaffham when 12-year-old Daisy Stonach collapsed after a swimming lesson and died from an undiagnosed heart condition eight years ago. Now she is running a half marathon and full marathon in aid of Cry in Daisy's memory. Picture by Submitted.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
6:41 AM

“It was such an awful thing when it happened – every summer when the anniversary comes around, I always think of it. It never leaves you.”

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Those are the words of a teacher whose pupil collapsed and died from a rare heart condition at just 12-years-old.

Eight years on, Clair Foster is preparing to run a half and a full marathon in Daisy Stonach’s memory.

PE teacher Miss Foster had been taking a swimming lesson at Sacred Heart School in Swaffham when young Daisy collapsed after the class.

Despite desperate efforts to revive the talented schoolgirl, she died four days later in intensive care. It later emerged she died from an undetected heart condition.

Miss Foster has since 
helped raise awareness of and money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (Cry), a charity which campaigns to have every young person screened for heart conditions.

Now she is planning to run the Windsor Half Marathon at the end of this month and the Edinburgh Marathon in May in aid of the cause.

The 34-year-old, who has previously taken part in a triathlon in Daisy’s honour, said: “She was one of the brightest, sportiest and most lovely girls. Her death was such an awful tragedy for her family and for the whole school community.

“I felt as though I wanted to do something else to raise money for such a worthwhile charity.

“You hear about so many young and fit people who die suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions and it seems to me that it could be something that could be dealt with and stopped.”

According to statistics, 12 apparently healthy young people die of an undiagnosed heart condition every week.

Miss Foster is aiming to do the half marathon on September 28 in one hour and 45 minutes and the full marathon in under four hours on May 31.

Daisy’s dad Andy Stonach, who lives in Methwold and teaches at Attleborough High School, said he was touched by Miss Foster’s fund-raising bid. “The fact that she’s moved on but it’s stuck in her heart and she still thinks about these things is fantastic –more power to her her and I hope she raises lots of money,” he said.

Miss Foster said she wanted to raise as much money as possible. To sponsor her, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/clairfoster

Are you undertaking a charity challenge in memory of someone? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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