Charity bid in memory of Nicola

PUBLISHED: 10:09 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

NICOLA EMMERSON

NICOLA EMMERSON

A CHARITY has been set up in memory of a Royston girl, and her family hope it will help discover some answers about her tragic death. Nicola Emmerson, of Lingfield Road, would have been 22 yesterday (Wednesday). She died on January 7, 2007 from a sudden

A CHARITY has been set up in memory of a Royston girl, and her family hope it will help discover some answers about her tragic death.

Nicola Emmerson, of Lingfield Road, would have been 22 yesterday (Wednesday).

She died on January 7, 2007 from a sudden cardiac attack.

Her family have set up the Nicola Emmerson Foundation, and hope to raise £25,000 for the electrophysiology research fund at Papworth Hospital, which is investigating the causes of sudden cardiac death in young people.

Julie Emmerson, Nicola's mother, said: "To suffer the loss of a child is traumatic enough, and for us and other families who have to deal with a sudden cardiac death, there are no answers anyone can give you."

Nicola was out celebrating her 20th birthday with friends at Destiny Nightclub, Watford, when she collapsed while dancing on a podium and stopped breathing.

The former Greneway and Meridian School pupil was taken to Watford General Hospital, but attempts to resuscitate her failed.

Mrs Emmerson said: "Drugs or alcohol weren't a factor in her death, and although we thought she had a slight heart condition, the inquest showed that her heart was fine.

"Unfortunately the Government won't do much about it at the moment because there aren't that many people affected, so we hope to raise awareness of the work they are doing at Papworth and to make them some money."

Although the foundation is still in its infancy, several events have already been planned.

"We've got a golf day coming up, and also a tribute to Motown evening planned for later in the year," said Mrs Emmerson.

"Nicola was a beautiful daughter, granddaughter, sister, girlfriend, and loyal friend to many.

"We are still searching for answers about her death, and hope that one day the electrophysiology research fund will be able to provide them."

The golf day is taking place on April 24 at Meridian Golf Club, Toft, while the Motown evening is scheduled for June 12 at the Heath Sports and Social Club in Royston.

For more details on either events, and on the work of the foundation generally, log on to www.nicolaemmersontrust.co.uk, or email thenicolaemmersontrust@hotmail.co.uk.

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