Fundraising campaign in memory of Daventry mum

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The family of a Daventry mother who died suddenly from a rare heart condition are launching a fundraising campaign in her memory.

Gemma Jones, previously of Brook Street, was planning her wedding and had recently had her first child when she died of viral myocarditis on March 18 last year.

At just 28, and with no previous health problems, she was told she was suffering from acid reflux when she visited the doctor with chest, arm and abdomen pains three day before her death.

Only after Gemma died was it revealed she had chronic inflammation of the heart.

Now, in the hope that Gemma’s story will raise awareness of the condition, her family have launched Gemma’s Fund to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, a campaign headed up by Gemma’s sister-in-law Hannah Jones.

She said: “Gemma died of a very rare condition but the thing about a heart problem is it can take you at any time.

“As a family we talk about Gemma every day and we want that to keep going and to do something more in her memory. I think the campaign is a good way to channel our emotions about what happened and do something positive.”

The family are busily planning a Fun Day in August.

For more on this story, see this week’s Daventry Express.