Emerson Park man taking on fundraising challenge in memory of fiancée
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 June 2015
A 24-year-old is taking on an endurance challenge in memory of his fiancée, who died six months ago after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Scott Stripling is set to walk the 100k London to Brighton Trek this weekend for Reanne Sheward, 23, who he had dated for three years.
Nine of Reanne’s family and friends will be joining him for the British Heart Foundation fundraiser, for which they have already collected £6,000 in sponsorship.
Scott said: “I wanted to do something to help us get through the loss of Reanne and give us a focus.
“We were all up for doing it straight away. We have never done anything this extreme.”
Scott and Reanne met at Tesco Gallows Corner, in Bryant Avenue, Romford, where they both worked.
Scott, who is still there, later moved in with her in Emerson Park and the couple got engaged.
Reanne suffered from heart problems and had developed heart failure on the left side, meaning the organ had to work harder to pump blood around her body.
Scott said: “She had leukaemia when she was two and we think the chemotherapy damaged her heart.
“When she was 21 she had a seizure, a sign of heart failure.”
Reanne was not fitted with a pacemaker because she had developed a cough and was on warfarin, a drug which stops blood clotting.
She died on January 9.
Scott said: “When she died it felt like the end of the world. She was so bubbly and the sort of person who never complained. She touched more lives in her 23 years than some would in a lifetime. I wouldn’t change anything.”
To sponsor Scott’s team, who will need to complete the challenge in 30 hours, visit justgiving.co.uk/teamrere1.